In late January of this year I had the chance visit The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa. “ILRI works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock.” The campus was incredible! I’m talking greenery everywhere, apple green grass, gigantic trees and a plethora of flowers. The campus itself was an experience, A true haven :). I’ve posted pictures for you all to see! What made this place truly extraordinary to me was how it was in Addis a bustling city growing exponentially, at times it can be hard to find such a large clean open space in Addis. It was also super easy to get there; I just took the train and got off the CMC station. Even the entrance was magnificent and I
nstitute and just a couple blocks from the station right next to the Ministry of Agriculture. Unless you were familiar with the campus you would never know it was there.
I met with Dr. Berhanu Gebremedhin one of the six authors of “Developing the butter value chain in Ethiopia” a research paper on the importance of livestock specifically cattle and the immediate high potential to growing the butter market in Ethiopia. We spoke about the results of the essay and my venture to partner with small and medium size women farm holders.
He extremely helpful with information and interested in Werknesh as well as the natural hair movement.
*Dr. Berhanu Gebremedin is an a Senior Scientis-Agricultural Economist with the livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project. He holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics (Addis Ababa University), and MA in Economics and PhD in Agricultural Economics (both from Michigan State University