Start off workshop on gender and social inclusion held

Regional teams set out to revisit the 2023 plans through the lens of gender and social inclusions after the two-days workshop. SWR Ethiopia-RAISE-FS project organized a Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) start-off workshop for about 35 individuals convened from the three regional RAISE-FS teams, regional team members from partner universities and research institutions, and their … Continue reading Start off workshop on gender and social inclusion held

Stinging Nettle (Urtica simensis): a potential food crop for highlands with food insecurity

Due to prolonged periods of food scarcity, drought, and starvation, people in some highlands of the Amhara region use some wild green vegetables, the most common of which is stinging nettle, which is known locally as sama. The plant, which is primarily associated with the diet of the underprivileged, has also long been consumed for … Continue reading Stinging Nettle (Urtica simensis): a potential food crop for highlands with food insecurity

Baseline survey and Rapid Food System Appraisal findings validated

Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Ethiopian Food System (RAISE FS) project is being implemented in partnership with different stakeholders. One of the regions where the project operate is Oromia region. In Oromia region the project collaborates with different stakeholders which includes implementing partners namely Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and Haramaya university and … Continue reading Baseline survey and Rapid Food System Appraisal findings validated

RAISE-FS Newsletter August 2022 issue published

The RAISE-FS newsletter's goal is to provide relevant information on latest developments and current problems issues in the Ethiopian food system as well as project support activities. The first issue outlines the major activities that took place between January and July 2022. A scoping study conducted by RAISE-FS to map gender and youth focused initiatives in the agriculture … Continue reading RAISE-FS Newsletter August 2022 issue published

Interaction, networking and feedback are very important to ensure food systems transformation

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) in partnership with Stichting Wageningen Research (SWR) conducted the validation workshop for the RAISE-FS regional plan on July 02, 2022, at Bellevue Hotel in Addis Ababa. Dr. Diriba Geleti, Deputy Director General for Research, EIAR, said in his opening speech that Interaction, networking and feedback are very important for … Continue reading Interaction, networking and feedback are very important to ensure food systems transformation

Identifying Leverage Points to Foster Food System Transformation in Ethiopia

The underlying problem framing or conceptualization guides interventions to promote food system transformation. This framing, on the other hand, pays little attention to other, sometimes underlying causes of food system challenges, such as institutional interplay or power imbalances. In practice, however, determining how to intervene in a specific food system to most effectively promote food … Continue reading Identifying Leverage Points to Foster Food System Transformation in Ethiopia

Institutional Innovation Key to Food System Transformation

Food system transformation requires innovation across and within food systems, as well as strong teamwork, partnerships, and building on previous experiences. Facilitating multi-stakeholder platforms at all levels is critical for food system transformation. RAISE-FS acknowledges and use as an implementation approach institutional innovations that improve and develop new models of collaboration and partnerships to ensure … Continue reading Institutional Innovation Key to Food System Transformation

SWR Ethiopia inks collaboration agreement with regional implementing partners

Stichting Wageningen Research (SWR) Ethiopia inked collaboration agreements with regional Agricultural Research Institutes and Universities for its project Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Ethiopian Food System (RAISE-FS) on the 29th of April 2022 at Bellevue Hotel in Addis Ababa. The signing ceremony took place between SWR-RAISE-FS and three regional universities- Bahir Dar, Hawassa, and … Continue reading SWR Ethiopia inks collaboration agreement with regional implementing partners

BENEFIT Partnership 2016 – 2021 key achievements

We are glad to share with you a brochure outlining the key achievements of the BENEFIT Partnership programme and stakeholders over the last five years (2016-2021). The brochure highlights the overall accomplishments of the programmes and stakeholders. It also includes information on the results, change stories, challenges, lessons learned, and future opportunities. benefitpartnership_key-achievementsDownload

A study on climate resilient agriculture and food systems in Ethiopia identifies key areas of concern

A recent study identifies climate information, water management, soil health and fertility, and promotion of climate smart agriculture inputs and technologies and policy issues as key areas of concern in enhancing climate resilience agriculture and food systems in Ethiopian. The study indicates that climate information is critical for farmers to strategically plan their farming activities … Continue reading A study on climate resilient agriculture and food systems in Ethiopia identifies key areas of concern

The Second BENEFIT ISSD-Ethiopia seed alert highlights the effect of COVID-19 mobility restrictions on the Ethiopian seed sector

The second BENEFIT ISSD-Ethiopia COVID-19 seed alert that was published this week highlighted issues related to release and registration of new varieties, timely supply of early generation seed (EGS),  quality assurance in EGS production, reduced availability of varieties in high demand  and challenges related to producers access to agro-inputs, labor and finance.  

New effort to better understand and mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on the seed sector: A collaborative effort between ISSD Ethiopia and WCDI

In response to COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on food security, BENEFIT-ISSD Ethiopia Program’s recent effort focuses on better understanding how the pandemic affects the seed sector and supports the development of urgent coping strategies that would enhance resilience and support continuity of activities of the seed sector.