150 farmers from Gimbi in Oromia  have allocated small part of their land for Conservation Agriculture. 
Photo: Development Fund.150 farmers from Gimbi in Oromia have allocated small part of their land for Conservation Agriculture. Photo: Development Fund

More Harvest from Conservation Agriculture Attained

Last updated: 18.03.2016 // In 2015, Development Fund of Norway in Ethiopia together with the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture have implemented Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Gimbi, Western part of Oromia Region, with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa.

The main goal of the support is to systematize the use of CA for improved food security in Oromia Region. Moreover, the support is designed to sensitize actors in Sustainable Land Management Program and to generate evidence for decision makers that CA provides better yield.

The total number of participating farmers were 150 ,but the trail was conducted within areas managed by 111 farmers. These farmers allocated small part of their land for CA (minimum or reduced tillage, improved maize hybrid, maize intercropped or rotated with legumes-haricot beans or soybean).

The result shows presence of significant difference in productivity per unit area between CA and conventional agriculture. Productivity of maize increased by 1.4 tone/hectare from the baseline. Moreover, awareness of farmers as well as extension agents has increased; willingness and commitment of local administration to implement CA is in a better situation than before, amongst others.

Due to positive change in productivity, the farmers already showed interest to increase the size of CA plots for 2016. Additionally, more farmers who were not participating in this intervention have requested to be integrated. Accordingly, in 2016, DF and the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture are in preparation to continue supporting these farmers in the intervention area.


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"Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an approach to manage agro-ecosystems for improved and sustained productivity, increased profits and food security while preserving and enhancing the resource base and the environment" FAO