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Benefit; Netherlands-Ethiopia Partnership

 

In December 2015 the CASCAPE project finished after four years, and just as quickly a CASCAPE II project emerged, integrated in a larger BENEFIT programme.

Wageningen UR president Louise Fresco visited Ethiopia on the 15th and 16th December to attend the kick-off meeting of the 30 million Euro programme.

Food security programmesProf.Dr.ir.Fresco and His Excellency Wondirad Mandefro, State Minister of Agriculture participate in the launch of the BENEFIT partnership.Prof.Dr.ir.Fresco and His Excellency Wondirad Mandefro, State Minister of Agriculture participate in the launch of the BENEFIT partnership.

The BENEFIT Partnership unites four different integrated food security programmes Wageningen UR is involved in. Firstly, the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD Ethiopia) project, which supports the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market oriented seed sector in the country. Second, the capacity building for scaling up of evidence-based best practices in agricultural production (CASCAPE) project, which improves agricultural productivity through promoting evidence-based best agricultural practices. Third, the new Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade Facility for Agribusiness (TAG), which supports private sector development and trade in Ethiopia. And fourth, the Sesame Business Network (SBN) support project, which supports stakeholders of the SBN in developing competitive, sustainable and inclusive sesame value chains in Ethiopia.

Food and incomes

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has approved a four year, 30 million Euro programme, to be implemented by Wageningen UR in collaboration with Ethiopian partners. The BENEFIT Partnership aims to improve the production and availability of food, as well as stimulate and develop sustainable income and trade among rural households in Ethiopia.

 

The BENEFIT Partnership aims to improve the production and availability of food, as well as stimulate and develop sustainable income and trade among rural households in Ethiopia.

 

The official start of the BENEFIT programmeThe official start of the BENEFIT programmeReach

The BENEFIT Partnership will reach over 3 million smallholder farmers and support over 2,500 cooperatives and small and medium scale enterprises. The Partnership will also facilitate direct investment from more than twenty Dutch and international companies and train almost 2,000 research and extension staff. Working in the area of policy dialogue and advocacy, the Partnership will establish and strengthen over fifteen commodity platforms, private sector associations and strategic networks. Together with key stakeholders, the Partnership will also develop evidence based policy options to solve strategic bottlenecks in the agricultural sector in Ethiopia.

 

Dutch-Ethiopian cooperation

Wageningen UR will coordinate the programme. BENEFIT works in very closely cooperation with multiple Ethiopian organisations, including ministries, universities, research institutes, private sector organisations and associations, farmer organisations and civil society groups. Next to this, several other Dutch and international partners are involved in the partnership.

source: Wageningen UR website

Newsletter June 2015

The CASCAPE newsletter from June 2015 highlights activities which took place between January and May 2015.

In this newsletter you will find information about different topics:

  • The annual meeting in Dire Dawa (10-14 February) with participants such as the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa; Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR); Regional Agricultural Research Institutes (RARIs); Universities (presidents); Extension directorate of Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Regional Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP).
  • An explanation why innovating towards a different kind of potato can boost local production in Eastern Ethiopia.
  • An update on the trainings and workshops.
  • Which soils can be found in the CASCAPE interventions woredas: work from local soil surveyors.
  • How CASCAPE tries to help increase nutrition and an example of the Addis Ababa cluster which provided a training on nutrition and hygiene in the field among 670+ community members.
  • Why soy production in the Jimma cluster now actually makes sense to produce.
  • The successes and challenges in the CASCAPE project.

 Would you like to read more? Please go to this link for the newsletter.

Newly introduced soya bean field observation at Bedelle Woreda of Banshure KebeleNewly introduced soya bean field observation at Bedelle Woreda of Banshure Kebele

Manual Gender Analysis Tools

Agriculture is central to the livelihoods of the rural poor. Women, especially in many developing countries, comprise the largest percentage of the workforce in the agricultural sector. Non-differentiation of beneficiaries has often resulted in the invisibility of women farmers.

Gender analysis is one of the analytical processes that helps visualise and identify differences and similarities between men and women farmers, thus providing the basis for effective and gender sensitive project intervention. The gender analysis tools not only allow men and women farmers to describe their daily activity but also identify the different constraints that they face in agricultural production, processing and marketing. Besides, the tools assist any project in identifying men’s and women’s roles & responsibilities and their implications for project strategies. This ultimately gives direction to the designing of possible mechanisms to bridge the gender gaps.

In the first section of this manual an overview of definitions related to gender are provided. The main sections exclusively focus on gender analysis frameworks and their respective tools that are essential for designing and implementing gender-sensitive activities in agricultural development projects. It gives emphasis on the following issues:

  • which tools to use
  • how and when to use these tools
  • interpretation of the tools
  • what to do with the result

For this purpose, icons are added, indicating some tips on how to conduct each tool.

You can download the manual for Gender Analysis Tools here:

Newsletter December 2015

This December 2015 edition is the last newsletter from the CASCAPE project, phase 1! This letter highlights six case study innovations from the CASCAPE project and will also give an insight into BENEFIT, the follow up of the CASCAPE project.

In this newsletter you will find information about the following innovations:

  • Soya bean in Jimma
  • Papaya production and marketing in Mekelle
  • Improved hot pepper varieties in Addis Ababa
  • Tomato productivity in Haramaya
  • Malt barley in Hawassa
  • Potato in Bahir Dar

 Starting from January 2016, CASCAPE will be part of a partnership group; BENEFIT: the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade.

In this group you will find CASCAPE (value chain approach), ISSD (seed availability), SBN support network (knowledge exchange on GAP; Good Agricultural Practices) and TAG (improve producer market linkages). The common goal of all these projects is to improve food security in Ethiopia!

 

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