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25 Oct 2018 description

Hossena, Ethiopia – In 2009, ICARDA introduced community-based breeding program in Ethiopia. Commonly known by its acronym CBBP, the initiative combines selective breeding programs based on production parameters, including body weight and ability to produce offspring. This results in increased productivity and reduced mortality of sheep and goats. More than 30 programs have sprung up since then.

08 Mar 2018 description

By Jack Durrell

Growing up in Ethiopia, Bezaiet Dessalegn, ICARDA scientist, became concerned about the degraded landscapes around her and took some giant steps to forge change.

Ethiopia has experienced significant deforestation over the past century – driven by rapid population growth, the expansion of agricultural land, and the unsustainable demand for wood, often as a source of fuel for cooking and heating. The World Bank suggests that less than 3 percent of the country’s forests remain untouched.

31 Oct 2016 description

A new high-yielding, pest-resistant variety of malt barley has the potential to revolutionize Ethiopia’s barley sector, helping to meet growing domestic demand, boost export earnings, and substantially raise farmer incomes.

Barley is a major crop across the Highlands of Ethiopia, where it is grown by approximately 4.1 million smallholder farmers on close to one million hectares (ha). The country is one of the major producers of barley in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has a growing malt beverage sector.

05 Nov 2015 description

More than 4.5 million smallholder farmers grow barley in Ethiopia with one of the lowest yields in the world. Getting new higher-yield varieties is a national priority. Working with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), ICARDA scientists are working to develop barley, faba bean and chickpea varieties that are resistant to drought, disease and pests and give a higher yield.