The demand for Ethiopia’s lowland livestock breed and camels in neighboring countries and the Middle East is well recognized. The large volume of livestock resources and proximity to the export markets gives the country comparative advantages. However, the sector is beset with problems, including inadequate market infrastructure, and lack or absence of capable exporting firms.
Guji Zone, in Oromia Region, is blessed with one of the most suitable climate and soil type for livestock production in Ethiopia. The zone is home to one of the best cattle breed (Borena) in the country. Abdulkadir Ahmed, 27 and a father of two boys, lives in Guji’s capital, Negelle. Abdulkadir gave up teaching
Ato Abdurahman Hassen, a resident of Genale Kebele, in Guji Zone Oromia Region, was born to a pastoralist family and followed in his parents’ footsteps. For Abdurahman, the pastoralist life in the old days was a good one. He had more than 30 cattle. Pasture and water were abundant. There was plenty of milk and
For Debo Buru, a resident of Medecho sub-district, in Yabello, Oromia Regional State, pastoralist life is growing more unpredictable and precarious by the year. About a decade ago, life was good for Debo – she had six cows and plenty of milk, which was a major source of food; she even sold the extra milk
“Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Development Project observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Mercy Corps Ethiopia Office Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) project coordinator at PRIME, Tesfu Equbeyohaness, delivered an awareness-raising briefing to PRIME staff. During the occasion, Ato Tesfu said, “PRIME is making a huge