In collaboration with SBN stakeholders, Benefit SBN has started to pilot kebele-level agro-economic development strategy in a bid to improve the adoption rate of 20 steps improved agricultural practices.
Studies and previous years’ experiences show that adoption of good agricultural practices is not going as expected. Unavailability of credit, shortage of finance, lack of improved agricultural mechanisations especially lack of row planter, remoteness of the kebeles from the basic supports etc. are among the major reasons for the low level of adoption.
The new strategy requires the teaming up of tripartite, namely development agents/kebele administration, model farmer/farmers’ primary cooperatives and microfinance institution/loan committees. Piloting of the strategy has already been started in 24 kebeles; two per woreda.
The strategy helped kebeles to design their own plan by taking into account the different realities of their areas. In the last week of April and beginning of May stakeholders from the three groups come together and participated in workshops organised at Gendewuha and Gondar for Amhara region and Sheraro, Humera and Shire for Tigray region.
The pilot kebeles are Bambaho, Dubaba, Kokit, Kumer-Aftit, Sanja, Asherie, Ergoye, Seroka, Abrhajira 01, Midregent 01, Kebtle and Simada from Amhara region; and Dansha Zuria, Lekatit, Maykadra, Adebay, Betemulu/Maygaba, Adijamus, Lemlem, Bademe, Selam, Dedebit, May-timket from Tigray region.
The three parties will work together for the proper implementation of the kebele-level agro-economic plan. The fact that the committees in some sample kebeles put the seal of the three organisations in their collective plan shows that they are determined to work in close collaboration.