7 December 2017

Ethiopia: Expanding Local Knowledge to Upscale Agriculture

The utilization of local knowledge in line with modern technologies and practices is central to upscale the agricultural sector, according to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Mamusha Alema, Capacity Development Officer at ILRI told The Ethiopian Herald that, even though modernizing agricultural system plays crucial role for productivity and growth, introducing the local knowledge of farmers and pastoralists in the system is also mandatory.

He said there has been misconceptions that the sources of knowledge are only scientific researches or scientists. Thus, earlier experiences in all developmental aspects have been restricted to sticking up with researches of scholars with modern knowledges. And the system has been led by only importing new agricultural practices and giving them to the farmers and pastoralists as well through experts and extension workers. However, farmers and pastoralists are owners of a very deep and long aged knowledge and experience about land or soil protection, pest management, environmental situations, animal and plant diseases.

According to him, a project that aimed at mixing local agricultural knowledge with modern practices has been implemented in Tigray state by Mekele University in collaboration with free University of Netherlands, the Agriculture Bureau and Agricultural Research Institute of the state.

As a result, a great deal of achievement was made by identifying model farmers and expanding their knowledge to others in every zone and woreda of Tigray. "Most of all, new developmental approaches are introduced. For instance, farmers research groups, now part of the extension system, are results of this new approach," Mamusha noted.

The new approach has also made a significant influence in conducting researches based on local knowledge and coming up with improved, effective and sustainable technologies, he added.

A network called Promoting Local Innovation in Ecologically Oriented Agriculture and Natural Resource Management has been established and is expanding throughout Africa. Thus, using this network, ILRI has plans to launch a project that could enable researchers and pastoralists work together in generating new technologies in different aspects of livestock based on local knowledges to increase productivity, said Mamusha.


Part-time Pastor's Jesus Moment Goes South After Dead Man Stays Dead

A health worker who managed to convince a family that he could resurrect their dead relative is in hot water after he… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The Ethiopian Herald. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.