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Emdibir Farming Project

Project Code: ETPT-1200028 | Project Location: Deberety, Ethiopia

About the Project

The Emdibir Farming Project is a wide-reaching initiative aimed at improving the productive capacities of local farmers, by creating sustained improvements in food security. The project builds on existing local knowledge, farming practices and available livestock.

The focus is on three key areas:

  1. Sector development.
  2. Local knowledge development.
  3. Business development.

The aims and objectives of the Emdibir project include, but are not limited to:

  • Addressing gender inequality, by empowering female workers on the farm.
  • Improving livestock productivity and income, particularly in female-headed households.
  • Training in agricultural and livestock management.
  • Choosing suitable livestock for farming and production.
  • Improving the quality of this livestock.



Be part of the vision

This project has already made significant progress, including:

Construction of dairy and fattening farms to improve livestock productivity.

Training local farmers in livestock management and forage development.

Plans to build a new nursery site that will increase the quality and supply of fruits, vegetables and forage seedlings to the local community.

The purchase of 26 Holstein-Friesian cows. Three calves have been born in 2020.

Identifying honey and bee products as a key value chain and the untapped potential for these products to be sold locally and internationally.

We invite you to be part of the vision to provide farmers and their families with the opportunity to receive training in effective agricultural practice and business management which will further assist them in moving on to more secure living conditions.


Partnering with this project

The Emdibir Farming Project has already created great foundations and your generosity can support vital progress towards supporting farming reliant families in the region.

Enhancing availability of animal feed

Limited animal feed is a factor in explaining low livestock productivity in the area. Shortages in pasture and fodder service is most severe during December until the onset of the rainy season in February/March. To manage this, fodder trees and grasses with high nutritional value, have been planted on the farm. For the past two rainy seasons desho and elephant grass has been planted with great success and now the forage covers over four hectares of land.


Better access for animal drinking water

Addressing water restrictions and sustainability is top priority of the farm. A deep borehole was dug and a great resource of water was found, which is sufficient for the water needs of the farm and surrounding community.

The project cost 1.5 million birr (around AUD$62,000), which was covered by the farm's internal revenue collected from bull sales and profits made from selling the Teff, maize and wheat produce.


Sustainable Crop production

The main crops that are produced at the farm are maize, teff and wheat. After this year’s harvesting season produce was collected and sold at a competitive price. This year’s crop yield was high, and due to product quality had significant market value. Any leftovers from the market sale are used for animal feed, the silage maximising the farm's objectives on dairy milk production and fattening.

Improving quality of honey

The main objective is to improve the quality of bee and honey products. This sector of the market has been identified as one with great potential for the farm. But in order to achieve this, there is room for improvement along the chain of production.

Improving stock quality

With improvements to animal husbandry methods, and also the management,entrepreneurship and marketing of the animals, farmers have been able to raise their own socioeconomic status. In 2018-2019 there were two rounds of bull fattening, both with good results, and a promising source of income fore the farm.

Net profit produced*

  1. birr in round one
  2. birr in round two

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Next Steps...

As the project looks to keep improving and providing a platform for stability in the region, the project management team is still looking to expand the number of cows to 40.
Becoming more efficient and being able to offer locals training using machinery is also on the plan for the future. The project team is in need of a tractor which would allow the farm to become more profitable while reducing the manual labor of the farm workers.
The farm is a focal point of the community and it continues to expand in order to employ more locals and share expert knowledge with surrounding farmers.

* round one = $8,986.42 AUD & round two = $22,393.91 AUD