Debre Berhan University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources conducted seminars on “Women in Agriculture, Efforts of DBU in Integrated Seed Sector
Development Amhara Unit, Agro Ecology Work in Kenya and Tanzania and Rotational Grazing and Conservation on Agriculture” on March 21, 2019 G.C at PR hall.
Ato Hailu Terefe, Project Coordinator for WIA, presented the project’s progress and success report. He said that Debreberhan University take over the project activities and supports it to continue as the project reached many beneficiaries and got trust from the community. He added that the project aimed to support and improves the livelihood of women working on small scale farming like vegetable and poultry production.
The second presenter was Ato Temesgen Kebede, Lecturer at DBU and Coordinator of the ISSD project. He reported the Effort of DBU on Integrated Seed Sector Development/ISSD/ Amhara Unit. He told that Debre Berhan University worked in collaboration with other stakeholders in capacity building, infrastructure development and awareness creation for seed growing farmers associations. As to him DBU has excelled in supporting women who are widowed farmers in training and building store for the seed they grow.
Dr. Katherine Tully, Maryland University-USA, presented paper on Agro Ecology Work in Kenya and Tanzania. On her presentation, she said that crop yields are anticipated to rise significantly in response to increased Nitrogen application; a scarcity of biophysical data makes it nearly impossible to predict the environmental impacts of this widespread change in nutrient management.
Professor Ray Weil, Maryland University-USA, said that they are developing an integrated landscape ecology approach in collaboration with local residents and scientists at Debre Birhan University to include integrated soil, crop, nutrient, animal, bio fuel, energy, social and natural resource management across whole communities and landscapes.