Promote the Use of Legume Supply in Ethiopia (PULSE), 2021 – 2024
Donor: Achmea Foundation
The overall goal of the project is to improve the resilience and livelihoods of the rural population in Ethiopia by developing sustainable, market-oriented pulse value chains.
What we do
The project will implement a range of activities which support the development of different pulse crop value chains, and which close the gap between smallholder producers and buyers. This activity is complementary to EUCORD’s ongoing BOOST project, which aims to enhance the productivity of farmers and the quality of the resulting malt barley.
Crop rotation of barley with pulses improves the sustainability of the farming system as it reduces pest pressure and helps to improve soil fertility. In addition, the proposed project will also select woredas in lowland ecologies to improve the productivity of specific pulse crops adapted to the lowlands.
The project has three specific objectives:
- Improved productivity of pulse crops
- Improved farmers’ access to inputs and finance
- Improved farmers’ access to guaranteed markets
The primary target group consists of 6,500 smallholder farmers with a specific focus on women and youth groups who can be organized into cooperatives both for seed and output marketing.
- 6,500 households benefitting from improved food security and sales
- 6,500 farmers trained on most impactful practices, including 30% women
- 1,500 ha under improved management practices
- Average of additional income increase 30% per household/year
- 50% of pulses sold to identified buyers and 50% used for home consumption or sold to the food market