Factsheet on Ecofarm (Tigray - Ethiopia)
Action research with farmers in Raya Azebo and Hintalo-Wajerat Weredas in Tigray
One of three factsheets about Ecofarm edited by DCG-Ethiopia.
DCG-Ethiopia | October 2010
The Ecofarm in an integrated farm that aims at increasing agricultural productivity in an environmentally friendly way by combining different low input technologies. These technologies are a combination of farmers' best technologies and research developped technologies. The Ecofarm approach also focus on strengthening the interaction between crop and livestock production and development of a farm that can produce healthy food for the household. The Ecofarm is not a pure organic farm, but aims at minimizing the use of external input. A particular emphasis is given to use of technologies that can improve resource use efficiency and preserve the environment. The farmers in the Ecofarm project are also learning to grow specied that are new to them such as upland rice and finger millet. The technologies in the Ecofarm are presented as a basket of options and farmers use the technologies that are most appropriate to them.
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