September 22, 2013
Currently JICA Ethiopia Office is conducting a project named "Project for Sustainable Natural Resources Management through Farmers Field schools (FFS) in the Rift valley area of Oromia region". The project is under implementation in Liben-Chikulala and Bora districts of the East Shewa zone of Oromia Regional State in collaboration with the Regional Bureau of Agriculture since April 2012.
In fulfilling the projects objective, 108 farmers were selected and undergone a comprehensive training on Natural Resource Management using the FFS approach and graduated on September 22/2013. Acknowledging the farmers effort; dignitaries from different governmental and other partner organizations attended the ceremony at Adulala town which is the capital of Liben Chikula Woreda.
For the training purpose, the farmers had selected their own activities in light of their interest, environmental condition and the advice from the project experts. The types of enterprises done by trainees were vegetables (onion, Garlic, cabbage, beat root, carrot, pepper), food crops (wheat, teff, maize), fruit orchards (Mango, papaya, grapes), fodder grass (elephant grass, Rhodes grass, lablab, pigeon pea), and wood lot (Gravillia robusta, cordia-africana, and olive trees).
The report of the graduation ceremony indicated that the training session took about fifteen months in 6 FFS groups. The project activities were introduced to those groups through the verification phase of the project, which started in April 2012.
The groups completed weekly regular training sessions in which different topics of NRM introduced with substantial learning opportunities. Basically the FFS approach has been developed by FAO and implemented in many other countries including Ethiopia. The FFS extension system is a participatory approach where the farmers will be able to discuss and learn how to farm better by observing, analyzing and trying out new ideas on their own fields.
The ceremony was opened by elders' cultural speech. They forwarded messages to the graduated farmers and stakeholders who participated on the realization of the project. Then the Woreda Administrator, Process Owner of Natural Resource Management at Oromia Bureau of Agriculture, Senior Representative of JICA, Representative of Zonal BoA and Head of Woreda Agriculture Office made remarks on the ceremony. All the speakers stressed on the importance of the training as it was participatory, experience sharing, practical and self-learning system. It was also mentioned that Agro forestry promotion is one of the government policy and JICA's intervention through this project helps the district community to manage and utilize the natural resource wisely and continue to work on the FFS approach.
In addition to the key speakers, other distinguished guests were invited for this graduation ceremony from respective federal and regional institutions and multilateral organizations. As a result representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Regional Bureau of Agriculture, Education Bureau, Radio and TV Agency, the Wereda sector Offices & cabinet members, FAO, JOCV volunteers and Experts from JICA Ethiopia Office attended the ceremony.
Seedling by Trainees
Trainees grew onions
Trainees grew maize