Agriculture is the driving force of the Ethiopian economy, accounting for 90 per cent of foreign export earnings and 85 per cent of employment. The difficulty is that post-harvest losses are extremely high, ranging from 20-70 per cent depending on the crop.
The Post-Harvest Management to Improve Livelihoods Project (PHMIL) focused on reducing post-harvest losses, adding value to existing products, utilizing waste products, monitoring quality and improving products to maintain nutritional quality and achieve export-level standards.
The Faculty of Agriculture partnered with the Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (JUCAVM) to train instructors in post-harvest management and value-added agriculture techniques.
We also helped to develop BSc and MSc programs, improve library and laboratory facilities and establish a network of universities, industries, government and community groups with expertise and interest in the development of improved post-harvest systems. Further information about the Post-Harvest Management Department, its facilities and academic programs can be found in this promotional pamphlet.
Post-harvest technologies developed through graduate student and faculty research was shared with farmers via demonstration sites and a community-based education program.
See more information in the August 2015 issue of Beyond Borders.
PHM Resources and Guides
The PHMIL project has developed the following guides and resources which are available for your use:
Mainstreaming Gender and HIV & AIDS in Agriculture Curriculum: A guide for Instructors (pdf 652 KB)
This guide will be of use to Instructors at a University level in Ethiopia
Integrating Gender, HIV & AIDS, Participatory Methods and Technology Transfer:
A Toolkit for Development Agents in Ethiopia (pdf 62MB)
This guide will be of use to Development Agents and Agricultural Offices in Ethiopia
Gender and Enset guide (pdf 2.2 MB)
The guide and dvd can be used as a teaching resource in Ethiopia and Canada to help understand the gendered role of Agricultural production in Ethiopia.
As a Tier 1 project of the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program, the Post-Harvest Management to Improve Livelihoods Project was funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)