ETHIOPIA 

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Partners

Activities 
carried out

NUS identified:

Integrated soil fertility management strategies

Agri-livestock integrated management

Traditional Knowledge

  1. Hawassa University

  2. Jimma University

Hawassa University

Focus on pepper seeds and plants.

 

Research on:

  • Efficacy of biocontrol agents against wilt diseases.

  • 4 Trichoderma treatments.

  • Cost/Benefit analysis of the technology.

  • Assessment of storage fungi and micotoxins.

Jimma University

Focus on variety selection, Teff K-  Fertilizer and fallow technologies.

 

Research on:

  • Evaluation and selection of best performing Teff, Anchote and lima beans varieties.

  • Optimization of K-fertilizer for Teff.

  • Rehabilitation of abandoned lands.

HAWASSA UNIVERSITY

  1. Enset (Ensete ventricosum)

  2. Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana)

JIMMA UNIVERSITY

  1. Anchote (Coccinia abyssinica)

  2. Tef (Eragrostis tef)

  3. Limma bean (Phaseolus lunatus L)

TECHNOLOGY TESTED

  1. Most performing varieties identification. (HU)

  2. 95 anchote accession (JU)

  3. Evaluation of teff varieties for grain yield and nutritional quality. (JU)

  4. Identification of the best performing lima variety in terms of growth, grain yield and grain nutritional composition.  The activities and agronomic data collection is in progress. Results will be available in the following reporting periods. (JU)

LAND RECOVERY

A series of Surveys has been deployed to Ethiopian ​farmers to trace a general characterization of the farming systems in the project study areas and to draw a general overview of the current level of adoption of sustainable soil management practices. JU and HU have focused their activity on Land Recovery, Soil Fertility management and intercropping.

 

SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT

In Ethiopia, JU implemented two technological packages: 

  1. Optimization of potassium fertilizer for teff under two soil types 

  2. Evaluation of short-term fallow of annual legumes on cereal productivity and soil fertility of degraded crop lands.

 

 

INTERCROPPING

  1. The determination of spatial arrangement of lima bean in a maize-lima bean intercropping system 

  2. The impact of rhizobia inoculation, phosphorus fertilization and vermicompost application on the productivity of haricot bean, estimate of Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF) and selected soil properties

 

 

Livestock feeding is an essential component for the completion of the human food chain. Considering the lack of sufficient feed resources available for this productive sector, it is fundamental to redesign and carry out within the FFRUs an integrated research of both livestock and agricultural productions embedding of suggestions coming from traditional knowledge (harvesting of cereals and grazing). For these reasons, a series of surveys has been conducted in the FFRUs to investigate if a new “Integrated Agricultural Approach” could be possible within the SI framework.

 

 

In order to identify and enhance a range of best practices used by farmers on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) and in order to allow comparisons and connections among different African countries, as a first step, a farmer survey was conducted in the project study areas. In this sub-task a validation of indigenous knowledge practices on crop protection with farmers in experimentation trials is foreseen.

 

Activity 1: Biological control of pepper wilt

Activity 2: Survey of Enset bacterial wilt (EBW) in South Ethiopia and aggressiveness of isolates of the causal agent (Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum).

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Hawassa University

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Jimma University

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