The Africa RISING project in Ethiopia recently conducted a participatory assessment and survey on the adoption and marketing of high value vegetables and fruits in its field sites.
The main results include:
- The crop-livestock systems of the Ethiopian highlands are predominantly cereal-based, with vegetable and fruits only recently introduced to the system.
- Access to surface irrigation water (springs, rivers) and use of water harvesting have become major incentives to growing vegetables and fruits.
- There is an increasing inclusion of vegetables in the diets of the rural community, which is expanding local market opportunities.
- Pests and diseases are already undermining the returns of horticultural investments.
- Lack of organized seed systems for vegetables and fruits is a major constraint.
- The concern fro quality, both in accessing quality planting materials but also to avail quality produce, requires the support of skilled extensionists and NGOs.
Download the report: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/67033