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RAPID ASSESSMENT- SESAME ALERT #03

Benefit-SBN in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Amhara and Tigray Regions Agricultural Research Institutes (ARARI and TARI) conducted the third rapid assessment of the most pressing challenges facing the sesame sector in light of the current circumstance. Data was collected from about 80 respondents from woreda, zone, region, and national levels; and four focus group discussions were

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Updates from SBN

We herewith provide you with an update on the activities and initiatives that the SBN stakeholders, partners and the government are undertaking in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. In the Amharic version contents covered are: Soya bean farmers and Richland Biochemical Pvt signed marketing agreement Cooperatives in West Gondar get credit through guarantee fund Field day organised in Metema

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Field visit conducted at Metema woreda

West Gondar Zone Agriculture Department in collaboration with Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) organized a field visit for more than 100 SBN stakeholders in Lemlem Terara Kebele, Metema woreda on the 15th of September 2020. The objective of the field visit, according to Mr. Getenet Belihun, head of the West Gondar Zone Agriculture Department, was to provide a platform for agricultural

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RAPID ASSESSMENT- Sesame Alert #02

At the end of August 2020, the second rapid assessment of the most pressing challenges facing the sesame sector in light of the current circumstance including the Covid-19 pandemic was conducted by Benefit-SBN in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Amhara and Tigray Regions Agricultural Research Institutes (ARARI and TARI) . Data was gathered from 82 online survey

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Review meeting on guarantee fund

Cooperatives from West and Central Gondar zones, participating in guarantee fund scheme, discussed with Abay Bank and Benefit-SBN on the experience of the last four years from 2016 to 2020 and the way forward, in the meeting held at Gondar on the 4th of  September 2020. The main objective of the meeting was to review the performance of the past

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SBN Newsletter 24

The 24th issue of the SBN Newsletter informs you about the activities done in the context of Covid-19: Among others are, weather information in the sesame sector, effect of the pandemic on labour availability and welfare, extension communication activity, unions and cooperatives cash guarantee for marketing credit, Amhara region high-level officials visit in the sesame zone, minimizing risk of Covid-19

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Labour and Labourers in the Sesame Lowlands: Analysis and Action for Health and Wealth

Benefit-SBN has conducted a thorough analysis of the labour situation in the sesame zone. This issue brief underscored the importance of labour for the success of the sesame sector and the employment opportunities for a huge number of seasonal labourers. The focus is to deal responsibly with the particular situation of this year and to ensure a safe match between

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Updates from the SBN

We herewith provide you with an update on the activities and initiatives that the SBN stakeholders, partners and the government are undertaking in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. In the Amharic version contents covered are: Providing extension materials to WoA Advice as soya bean may have a better market opportunity (with the establishment of the processing companies) Weather forecasting

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Benefit-SBN provides PRINT AND ELECTRONIC EXTENSION MATERIALS to Woreda Agriculture Offices

BENEFIT-SBN has provided electronic and printed soya bean and mung bean production guides, and a guide to the identification and control of sesame pests, diseases and weeds for seven woreda agricultural offices in the West Gondar and Awi Zones, on the 8th of June 2020. The support programme also compiled soft copies of all the extension materials including short videos,

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