We can reach 1 million small-holders with information, Ethiopian team asserts

Ethiopia set out an ambitious target to reach 1 million farmers with information from a set of new manuals and communications materials on commercial bio fertilizers for legume crops.
"Our aim is to use our extensive system of Farmer Training Centres, and the Development Agents to reach as many as 1 million farmers in pulse growing areas of Ethiopia with information." Says Dr. Tesfaye Shimber, the Director for Soil and Water Research directorate at the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR).
These targets were set at the materials development write shop conducted by the Africa Soil Health Consortium in Addis Ababa, from 20 to 25 March 2014.


Targeting, key pulse crops such as Faba bean, Chick pea, lentil, Soybean and field pea, the Ethiopian team anticipate the manuals and other communications materials will be used by up to 25,000 Development agents and upto 35,000 lead farmers to effectively communicate the basic science and benefits of using inoculant on key pulse crops. These intermediaries are expected to eventually reach up to 1 million farmers.


The ambitious targets set by EAIR, received added support by the active participation of key stakeholders at the workshop including representatives from the Agricultural Transformation Agency, (ATA), N2Africa, and the Ethiopian Soil Health Consortium, Haramaya, and Jimma universities.


All stakeholders committed to support the outreach targets set by the team at the workshop.

We can reach 1 million small-holders with information, Ethiopian team asserts