Beyond the seed sector innovations of ISSD Ethiopia, the wider BENEFIT Partnership and other partners’ activities are leading to widespread agricultural innovation across Ethiopia.
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ISSD Tigray Newsletter – June 2018
ISSD Ethiopia’s Tigray Unit shares news and exciting programme updates in this newsletter.
ISSD Amhara newsletter, June 2018
Download and read exciting updates from ISSD’s Amhara unit.
From workshop to woreda: Farmers’ on-farm financial management skills to receive a boost
Sustainable and successful seed sector development only happens when the entrepreneurial spirit and skills of farmers and other private sector stakeholders are leveraged for innovation and collaboration. Developing and nurturing these skills is a key aim of ISSD and partners.
Farmers validating and promoting sorghum varieties across regions
BENEFIT-ISSD Ethiopia facilitates learning about variety suitability and farmers’ preferences across regions. Through participatory methods, farmers lead the testing and validation of varieties, with their experiences guiding variety development and deployment.
Bringing quality seed to market: the journey to becoming an independent seed business
“We would never have got the Certificate of Competence if we had not got the training and support from ISSD” Ato Tesfaye Babiso, Chairperson – Fate Dicha SPC Lessons from the previous ISSD Ethiopia phase revealed that the local seed business (LSB) development approach (focusing on seed producer cooperatives, or SPCs) is gaining more recognitionContinue reading “Bringing quality seed to market: the journey to becoming an independent seed business”
BENEFIT-ISSD Oromia East Unit – Regional Newsletter, June 2018
This (Oromo language, with English elements) newsletter presents recent activities and achievements of the regional team in the first half of 2018 across the various programme components Download the newsletter here
BENEFIT collaboration strengthens research on sesame
BENEFIT partners jointly delivered training of trainers on production, management and marketing of sesame for agricultural researchers from May 28-30, 2018 at Gebar Shire Hotel, Shire town. A total of 22 researchers from Humera and Shire Maytsebri agricultural research centers which are established on the sesame potential areas took the training of trainers organized byContinue reading “BENEFIT collaboration strengthens research on sesame”
Evaluating progress and identifying the way forward in Eastern Oromia
While much progress has been made through collaborative activities facilitated by ISSD Ethiopia, a multi-stakeholder session highlighted more needs to be done to strengthen the seed sector.
Strengthening ISSD principles & approaches
BENEFIT–ISSD organized a three-day training on ISSD Guiding Principles and Approaches on April 17-19, 2018, in Bishoftu town for project staff from all regional project units.
Seed quality assurance in SNNPR: Establishing the Agricultural Inputs Quality Control & Quarantine Authority
Seed quality is the most significant part for production and productivity. In SNNPR, the issue of maintaining seed quality had been one of serious issues from time to time that grabbed the attention of seed sector stakeholders.
Effectiveness of seed quality assurance in Amhara region
The effectiveness of other inputs like fertilizer and irrigation depend largely on using quality seed. Several lines of evidence indicate that nearly 50% of crop productivity relies on the availability and utilization of quality seed.
Crowdsourcing: A step forward on barley revival
Topographically Wereda Deguatenben is located in a high land part. Comparing to other ISSD operational weredas, it is suitable for cereals such barley and wheat.
ISSD Technical note 5- Seed Enabling Environment Analysis
This ISSD Technical Note is the fifth in a series of 5 such Notes. It explains what an enabling environment is, why this is crucially important and further, how to assess the prevailing environment. Download the ISSD Technical Note
ISSD Technical note 4 – Seed Intervention Landscape Analysis
This ISSD Technical Note is the fourth in a series of 5 such Notes. It discusses how to assess the seed intervention landscape, presenting technical guidance for design process. Download the ISSD Technical Note
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