Feed Enhancement for Ethiopian Development II (FEED II)


ACDI/VOCA Ethiopia FEED President Award Birkelo

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ACDI/VOCA USAID Ethiopia Brochure

FEED Enhancement for Ethiopian Development Brochure

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ACDI/VOCA Ethiopia FEED II dairy cows

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ACDI/VOCA Ethiopia FEED II project participant Yegnanesh

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ACDI/VOCA implements USDA’s three-year Feed Enhancement for Ethiopian Development (FEED) II project, which increases livestock and poultry productivity by further developing the animal feed sector, continuing the progress made under FEED I.

Ethiopia’s livestock population is the largest on the African continent. Livestock contribute to the livelihoods of 60–70 percent of Ethiopia’s population. Feed is fundamental to growth and sustainability in Ethiopia, yet there are major constraints limiting development of the livestock and poultry sector.

The overall goal of FEED II is to increase the incomes of Ethiopian smallholder livestock producers by improving access to and use of consistent, affordable, high-quality animal feed that can support greater livestock and poultry productivity and efficiency. The project works in Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regions.

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  • Increase the productivity of livestock and poultry in Ethiopia by developing the animal feed sector
  • Expand trade of agricultural products in the livestock and poultry sector
  • Develop the feed ingredient supply chain and service sector
  • Develop feed manufacturing enterprises
  • Develop a sustainable forage production system
  • Introduce and expand feedlot (fattening), poultry, and dairy enterprises
  • Promote improved on-farm feeding practices
  • Established 12 commercial feed manufacturing enterprises and continued technical support to 13 feed previously established during FEED I. Trained 56 cooperative union staff and government experts on feed formulation and manufacturing.  Sales through March 2016 was 15,568 MT, valued at almost USD 4 million.
  • Trained 640 government extension agents and over 26,000 smallholder farmers (32% women) in sustainable forage production and on-farm feeding management and record keeping.
  • Established 15 forage multiplication nurseries; distributed 40.5 tons of improved forage seeds and 2.2 million splits/cuttings through cooperative unions to smallholder farmers.
  • Administered nearly USD 3 million in grants to support feed sector input and service providers and establishment/expansion of small scale commercial forage, livestock, and poultry enterprises.

Funder: USDA-Food for Progress
Budget: $13,000,000
Contact: Johana De la Cruz, JDelaCruz@acdivoca.org