Scaling out fertilizer application in communal grazing areas in Tigray—is it a blue print approach?


Grazing land fertilisation (2)Grazing land fertilization in Tigray region (photo credit:ILRIYayneshet Tesfay).

The establishment of enclosures in communal grazing areas has been widely adopted in several sites in the Tigray region of Ethiopia following community-based interventions by the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) and its predecessor, the Improving Productivity and Market Success of Smallholder farmers (IPMS) project.

The LIVES project is currently supporting the use of urea top dressing technologies for fodder cultivation in enclosures in intervention districts in eastern and central zones of Tigray. Results, after field demonstrations, showed that when enclosures are top dressed with urea at a rate of 150 and 200 kg N/ha, yields increased by 4.7 folds and cutting frequencies tripled compared to unfertilized control plots.

The ‘LIVES  communal grazing area’ in the Dura peasant association (PA) in Laelay Maychew District in central Tigray is about 12 hectares and has 300 users, including 53 female-headed households (FHH).  The technology…

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