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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.


  1. Enset (Ensete ventricosum)

  2. Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana)


  1. Anchote (Coccinia abyssinica)

  2. Tef (Eragrostis tef)

  3. Limma bean (Phaseolus lunatus L)


Jimma University

  1. 95 anchote accession

  2. Evaluation of teff varieties for grain yield and nutritional quality.

  3. 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

Hawassa University

  1. Most performing varieties identification


JU has conducted general a reconnaissance survey on abandoned lands in a study area called Omonada. In addition, using a common survey protocol (through Kobo Tool box) interviews were made on abandoned lands.

As part of this study, soil samples were collected from selected abandoned lands in order to determine the fertility status of the lands. Analyses of soil physico-chemical properties are still in progress. Further, sites were selected for recovery studies using legume rotations.



Concerning the sustainable soil management, JU implemented two technological packages: 

  1. a general reconnaissance survey on abandoned lands in a study area called Omonada.

  2. a study on determining the response of teff to K-fertilizer using an improve teff variety (Kuncho) was carried out on two different soil types (red and black soils).

HU worked on how to improve soil fertility status and the growth and yield of haricot bean in haricot bean-maize intercropping system by using these treatments

  1. Vermicompost

  2. Synthetic fertilizer (three levels of P) and

  3. Rhizobia



  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.


Two activities have been conducted in Ethiopia: 

  1. surveying the Enset bacterial wilt and aggressiveness of isolates of the causal agent

  2. the utilization of enset as alternative feed for livestock


HU dedicated its research to different objectives: 

  1. identifying the preferred enset for feeding the animals

  2. evaluating their growth performance

  3. assessing how different management practices affect the feed quality of enset leaves.

JU has conducted general NUS survey in a study area called Omonada on: 

  • Teff and Anchote

  • Lima bean


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.



On the improvement of crops and food protection, Ethiopia's leading partner Hawassa University, focused on the validation of indigenous knowledge pratices. 

The first activity carried out was the biological control of pepper wilt: 

  1. to evaluate the efficacy of different bio-agents  as a seed treating agent against seed and soil born disease of hot pepper

  2. to verify yield benefit derived from the use of seed treatment as diseases management


The second activity focuses on determining the intensity of EBW across altitude gradients and production systems in South Ethiopia thorough a survey of EBW in South Ethiopia

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