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Regional project launching workshop

ASE launched a Livelihood for Resilience Activity (GRAD II) project on July 20, 2017 in Hosanna. The launching was conducted at the Shambalala Hotel in the presence of regional, zonal and woreda level stakeholders. Among the participants were, fifty eight senior woreda administrators, heads of six signatory offices of Hadiya zone, representatives from each target woreda, representatives of OMO, Meklit and Metemamen micro finance institutions (MFIs). Of these, 49 were male and 9 female.

A representative of the Hadiya zone administration office and chief administrators of each target project woreda were present along with the Chief of Party and representatives of CARE consortium coordination unit (CCU), Mr John Meyer, CARE SNNPR office representative and SNV Ethiopia representative.

The launching workshop was officially opened by Dr Tibebu Dejene representative of Hadiya zone chief administrator. In his opening keynote address, Dr. Tibebu underlined the fact that the government of Ethiopia is doing its best to reduce the national poverty level which however cannot be achieved without the active involvement of other non government stakeholders such as ASE. He expressed his strong belief that the current Livelihood for Resilience (GRAD 2) project to contribute a lot towards the national effort against poverty. He also confirmed that the zonal government will support the project during implementation.

During the launching workshop, a brief history of Agri Service Ethiopia was presented by the Executive Director of ASE, W/ro Aynalem Ashebir. This was followed by the presentation of Ato Michael John, the Program Division Manager of ASE. He presented GRAD I experience and lessons learnt. Ato Tesfaye Regassa, the ASE GRAD 2 Project Manager gave brief highlight of the goal, objectives and implementation strategies of the GRAD 2 project. Other topics were also presented by representatives of the donor organization, CARE Ethiopia and SNV Ethiopia, the technical partner of the project, as follows:

  • National GRAD experiences and lesson learnt - by John Meyer, Chief of party of CARE CCU,
  • Coordination roles of CARE and recommendations - by Zegeye Bante- Senior Microfinance Advisor.
  • GRAD II Experiences of CARE SNNPR office from Sidama and Gedeo area - by Banchayehu Yitayal - GRAD 2 Project Manager; and
  • Roles of SNV in value chain development (VCL) and others - by Adebabay Mengist - GRAD 2 Project Manager.

Two GRAD I beneficiaries, W/ro Himile Lobalo from Meskan and W/ro Sefiya Fito from Mareko woreda gave inspiring testimonies about how the project changed their life.

At the end of the workshop, constructive feedback and positive comments were given by participants as follows:

  • The need to provide room for the local youth to be employed by the project at various levels;
  • The advantage of employing staff that speak the local language and understand the culture, history and socio-economic condition of the community;

ASE launched a Livelihood for Resilience Activity (GRAD II) project on July 20, 2017 in Hosanna. The launching was conducted at the Shambalala Hotel in the presence of regional, zonal and woreda level stakeholders. Among the participants were, fifty eight senior woreda administrators, heads of six signatory offices of Hadiya zone, representatives from each target woreda, representatives of OMO, Meklit and Metemamen micro finance institutions (MFIs). Of these, 49 were male and 9 female.

A representative of the Hadiya zone administration office and chief administrators of each target project woreda were present along with the Chief of Party and representatives of CARE consortium coordination unit (CCU), Mr John Meyer, CARE SNNPR office representative and SNV Ethiopia representative.

The launching workshop was officially opened by Dr Tibebu Dejene representative of Hadiya zone chief administrator. In his opening keynote address, Dr. Tibebu underlined the fact that the government of Ethiopia is doing its best to reduce the national poverty level which however cannot be achieved without the active involvement of other non government stakeholders such as ASE. He expressed his strong belief that the current Livelihood for Resilience (GRAD 2) project to contribute a lot towards the national effort against poverty. He also confirmed that the zonal government will support the project during implementation.

During the launching workshop, a brief history of Agri Service Ethiopia was presented by the Executive Director of ASE, W/ro Aynalem Ashebir. This was followed by the presentation of Ato Michael John, the Program Division Manager of ASE. He presented GRAD I experience and lessons learnt. Ato Tesfaye Regassa, the ASE GRAD 2 Project Manager gave brief highlight of the goal, objectives and implementation strategies of the GRAD 2 project. Other topics were also presented by representatives of the donor organization, CARE Ethiopia and SNV Ethiopia, the technical partner of the project, as follows:

  • National GRAD experiences and lesson learnt - by John Meyer, Chief of party of CARE CCU,
  • Coordination roles of CARE and recommendations - by Zegeye Bante- Senior Microfinance Advisor.
  • GRAD II Experiences of CARE SNNPR office from Sidama and Gedeo area - by Banchayehu Yitayal - GRAD 2 Project Manager; and
  • Roles of SNV in value chain development (VCL) and others - by Adebabay Mengist - GRAD 2 Project Manager.

Two GRAD I beneficiaries, W/ro Himile Lobalo from Meskan and W/ro Sefiya Fito from Mareko woreda gave inspiring testimonies about how the project changed their life.

At the end of the workshop, constructive feedback and positive comments were given by participants as follows:

  • The need to provide room for the local youth to be employed by the project at various levels;
  • The advantage of employing staff that speak the local language and understand the culture, history and socio-economic condition of the community;

Project launching event at Woreda level

ASE launched the Livelihood for Resilience Activity (GRAD 2) project for each project target woredas at respective woreda centers. The launching was attended by one hundred and fifteen kebele chief administrators, managers and DAs as well as representatives of each signatory offices, woreda food security task forces and woreda administrators. A total of three hundred ninety five,(395) participants took part. Of these, 370 were male and 25 female.

Ato Tesfaye Regassa presented ASE’s background and highlights from GRAD I project in Meskan and Mareko area as well as the goal, purposes and detail planned activities of the GRAD 2 project. He also discussed the strategies that GRAD II will follow to support the graduation of 10,000 project beneficiaries. He requested the active involvement of the woreda and kebele level stakeholders for the success of the project.

All target project woreda and kebele stakeholders have ensured their commitment by signing a MoU with ASE so as to jointly handle the implementation of the Project at kebele level using the kebele level government staffs including development agents, health extension workers, rural job creation experts and others. During the launching workshop, each woreda established a technical working group composed of representatives from the government Agriculture and Natural Resource Management offices, Livestock and Fishery Resource development office, Finance and Economic Development office, Women and Children’s Affairs office, Social and Labor office, Cooperative Development office, Youth and Sport office, Health Office and Food Security Coordination Unit. The main role of the established technical groups is to assist in the implementation of project activities at each kebele level and in each woreda. The technical groups would also support project activities, ASE's development facilitators and the lead woreda extension facilitators during the establishment of the Village Economic and Social Associations (VESAs). It would also assist in solving problems and challenges upon ASE’s request.

ASE held its 2013 Organizational Annual Meeting

Agri Service Ethiopia held its 2013 Organizational Annual Meeting from March 18 – 20, 2014. The annual meeting, which was hosted by Agri Service Ethiopia Goro-Guradamole Program Office, was held at the Wabe Shebellie Hotel in Goba Town, Bale Zone, Oromia Region. A total of 37 participants from the eight ASE Program area offices and the Coordination Office in Addis Ababa, attended the meeting.

Participants of the meeting

The meeting was started with an opening speech by Dr. Esubalew Abate, Executive Director of ASE. Dr. Esubalew, welcomed the participants and invited them to introduce themselves to the meeting. This was then followed by presentations by ASE’s program area offices on their 2013 achievements.

Dr. Esubalew Abate, Executive Director of ASE

Coordinators of the program area offices then presented the 2013 achievements of their respective program offices. The presentations were then followed by discussions and a number of questions were raised to which appropriate responses were given by the respective program offices. Following this, the 2014 action plan of each program office was then presented by coordinators of the respective program office in a similar manner. The program offices prepared their 2014 annual plan by showing planned activities along with their budgets on monthly bases.

The 2013 annual meeting

The 2013 annual meeting included a planned visit to the works of the Goro-Guradamole Program Office. Members of the visiting team were welcomed by the staff upon arrival at the Program Office in Goro. Ato Awel Hasen, Administrator of Goro Wereda, was also invited as guest of honor.

Products of WJCBI on the display

The visit included a display of spices and honey value chain products of the Wabe Jiregna Community Based Institution (WJCBI). The WJCBI is established by the beneficiary community and it will also work for sustainability of development undertakings,

Planting of seedlings at the PO compound

Planting of tree seedlings in the compound of the program office was another event of the day. Ato Awel Hasen, administrator of Goro Wereda and representatives from ASE’s program area offices and the coordination office planted tree seedlings in areas designated to and labeled with names of their respective offices. The visiting guests were then invited to a colorful coffee ceremony organized by the Goro-Guradamole Program Office.

At the coffee ceremony

Inauguration of the Kuya spring at Jibri Kebele

The team then set off to see works of the program office at Guradamole. This included inauguration of the Kuya and Bowe springs at Jibri and Ejeru Kebeles respectively.

Inauguration of the Kuya spring at Jibri Kebele

Hundreds of people-students, young men and women, the elderly and religious leaders warmly welcomed the visitors with cheers, applauds and songs. The water schemes in both kebeles were inaugurated by Dr. Esubalew Abate, Executive Director of ASE. The official inauguration of the springs was preceded by blessings from elders who recalled the problem of potable water that existed in the area. The team visited the water structures that included reservoirs, developed and protected springs, water points, washing basins and cattle trough constructed by the program office.

On the occasion, representatives of both Jibri and Ejeru Kebles presented gifts to both ASE Coordination Office and Goro Program Offices as a token of their appreciation for the work of the organization in their respective kebeles. Finally, after some refreshments and a coffee ceremony, the visiting team travelled back to Goba where participants gave feedback expressing their feelings, opinions, comments and suggestions on the field visit and the overall annual meeting hosted by the Goro-Guradamole Program Office. Participants appreciated the Goro-Guradamole PO for its wonderful work and the feedback session was concluded by motivating remarks from Dr. Esubalew Abate.

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