Improving productivity and market success (IPMS) of Ethiopian farmers

Planned Project Summary Information
Project number: A-032142

Branch: Africa

Country: Ethiopia

CIDA's ODA Priorities:

100% 0104 - Food and nutrition

CIDA's Sectors:

20% 031110 - Agricultural policy and administrative management
20% 031166 - Agricultural extension
20% 031181 - Agricultural education/training
20% 031182 - Agricultural research
20% 031194 - Agricultural co-operatives

Project Approval Date: July 2003

Anticipated Project Duration: to March 2010

Estimated Project Value: $15.0M to $19.99M

Project Implementation: Selection of Partner Organization (International Livestock Research Institute) completed.

Competitive Contracts in the implementation of this project: One Project Monitor for both IPMS and one other agriculture project (Sustainable Water Harvesting and Institutional Strengthening in Amhara). See also pipeline notice for A-030451.

Estimated value of the contract for the Project Monitor: $480,000 (to cover both projects).

Probable Publication Date on MERX: July 2005

Project Description:

Improving Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS) is a 5-year project implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on behalf of the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD). The project will contribute to improved agricultural productivity and production through market-oriented agricultural development as a means for achieving improved and sustainable livelihoods for the rural population. The implementation phase of the project began in June 2004 and is expected to finish in 2010.

Project Impact:

Improved agricultural productivity and production within functional market-oriented agricultural production systems in and beyond district level Pilot Learning Sites (PLSs) as means for achieving improved and sustainable livelihoods for rural populations.

Project Outcomes:

1. Functional agricultural knowledge management system interconnected and utilized at all levels, highlighting innovations and appropriate technologies. 2. Strengthened institutional capacity of agriculture and natural resource management (NRM) public organizations to support the development of farmer-based, market-oriented agricultural production systems. 3. Enhanced capacity of farmers, pastoralists, community-based organizations (CBOs), and private organizations to improve agricultural productivity and production, and to improve and sustain livelihoods through the adoption of strategies, technologies, and processes developed in their respective PLSs. 4. Recommendations (strategies, policies, technology options and institutional innovations) developed from both research and lessons learned.

Project Outputs:

1.1 Increased understanding and awareness of the knowledge requirements for managing the priority commodities of the farming systems in the Pilot Learning Sites (PLSs).1.2 Increased availability of knowledge in various forms.1.3 Enhanced knowledge-sharing systems established.1.4 National Agricultural Information Resource Centre (NAIRC) established within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOARD).1.5 ICT networks and infrastructure established.2.1 Increased knowledge and skills of staff at Technical and Voactional Education and Training Colleges (TVETs) to train others in participatory technology development skills and dissemination methods taking into account cross-cutting themes of gender equality, environment and HIV/AIDS.2.2 Increased knowledge, awareness, understanding and skills of staff in public organizations to enhance their capacity to better respond to the needs of farmers. 2.3 Collaborative arrangements between public and private institutions developed across sectors and levels to better respond to information demands on the use of demand-driven sustainable agricultural technologies. 3.1 Ten PLSs established in four regions that are strategically linked to the priorities of Regional Development Plans.3.2 Increased knowledge, awareness, understanding and skills of farmers, pastoralists, and staff from Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and from private organizations serving the PLSs.3.3 Technologies, processes, markets and institutional innovations identified and applied in PLSs.4.1 Increased knowledge and awareness of the most appropriate technologies. 4.2 Proven options identified for the development of the priority market-oriented commodities.4.3 Increased knowledge and awareness of the inter-relationships between the environment and agricultural productivity and production.4.4 Increased knowledge and awareness of the inter-relationships between gender equality and agricultural productivity and production.4.5 Increased knowledge and awareness of the interrelationship between HIV/AIDS and agricultural productivity and production.

Development Officer: Janet Durno, 819-997-7824