Benishangul Gumuz Regional State Integrated Livelihood Programme, Agriculture Project – Ethiopia
With the aim of improving the income and livelihoods of communities, the Foundation has been implementing an integrated livelihood programme in four Kebeles (villages) of the Menge district of the Benishangul Gumuz Regional State since 2017. The core component of this programme is increasing agriculture production and productivity, through the introduction of good agricultural practices and improving access to farm inputs and market.
In the first phase of the programme a total of 257 farmers participated, including 220 farmers in crop production, 27 in poultry and 10 in beekeeping. A total of 220 hectares of land (one hectare per household) was cultivated applying 234.2 quintals of improved seeds, 451 quintals of fertilizers and 1,320 tractor hours. This resulted in increasing the average yield per hectare from 8 quintals to 42 quintals for maize and from 7 to 25 quintals for Sorghum. The chart here presents the change in household income in relation to the baseline studies at the onset of the programme.
The second phase of the programme started in mid-2019 with an increased number of farmers participating as depicted below. Monitoring visits indicate that despite the challenge posed by pests, most crops are in good standing and farmers are expecting another bumper harvest.