Growth and biomass of tree lucerne under farmers management

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  • Data variables Endamehoni & Basona Worena

    Survival and average growth after 3 months of planting tree lucerne seedlings in Endamehoni woreda, Africa RISING site- Tigray region

    Survival and avaerage growth after 3 months of planting tree lucerne seedlings in Basona Worena woreda, Africa RISING site- Amhara region - 2014

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Created Wednesday 8th of April, 2015
Last updated Friday 6th of July, 2018
Dataset type Non-spatial
Abstract The performance, expansion and contribution of tree lucerne has not reached to its full potential due to a number of factors. An action on farm research was conducted with men and women farm households to (a) compare survival and growth of tree lucerne across contrasting sites and growing niches, and (b) identify the key determinants of tree lucerne survival and growth on farms in the crop livestock systems. The research was conducted in eight research kebeles (the smallest administrative unit in the country) of the four Africa RISING (Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation) project sites. Eight farmer research groups (FRGs) were formed in consultation with the group members. Each FRG consisted of 25–30 men and women farmers representing a range of social groups. Each farmer participating in the research received on average 50 seedlings. A total of 253 farmers participated in the research. After planting, data on survival, growth, root collar diameter and management were collected at 9 months using simple field monitoring tools. A total of ten sample plants were selected from the field of each farmer who planted tree lucerne, and these were labelled for continuous growth measurements. The on-farm research measurement was supplemented by crosssectional survey data collected from a sample of FRG member households in the eight research kebeles. A combination of descriptive statistics, multivariate statistical techniques and econometric models were used for data analysis. The results of the study show that percentage survival on-farm were significantly higher for tree lucerne planted in backyards than those planted in outfields and for middle-resource class households. Household size, access to reliable water supply, and management factors—including fencing and watering planted-seedlings, mulching during dry periods, clean spot weeding and applying organic fertilizers—significantly enhanced survival and growth of tree lucerne in the planting sites.
Principal investigator Carlo Azzarri, Beliyou Haile
Other researchers involved Site and assistant coordinators and local partners from research, Universities and extension
Contact person Kindu Mekonnen (ILRI)
Contact email
Custodian Kindu Mekonnen (ILRI)
Custodian email,
Sub-National Level
  • Amhara
  • Oromia
  • Tigray
Data collected from 01/09/2013
License Creative Commons Attribution
Release of confidential data? Yes
Consent obtained? No
Citation ILRI Ethiopia Africa RISING tree lucerne on-farm research, Ethiopia. 2014
Acknowledgements Kindu Mekonnen, Peter Thorne, Melkamu Derese, Aster Gebre Kirstos, ogo Wellington, ane Wamatu

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Project title Integrating tree lucerne (Chamaetysisus palmensis) in the crop-livestock farming systems of the Ethiopian highlands for multiple products and services
Project abstract Tree Lucerne is a nitrogen fixing, fast growing and ecologically adaptable multipurpose plant species that is considered for evaluation in the Africa RISING sites. Integration of tree lucerne in the crop-livestock farming systems is aimed at contributing to income diversification, improving crop and livestock productivity and enhancing the participation of women and children in the research process to benefit them equitably. This research is onducted in the 4 Africa RISING sites. Two researh kebles are used in eah site. Tree Lucerne researh Farmer Research Groups (FRGs) formed in eah of the Africa RISING reserh kebeles. The number of farmers engaged in the FRGs varies from 23-56 and representing a range of social groups.
Project website
Donor United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Start date 01/05/2014
End date 30/12/2016
Principal investigator Kindu Mekonnen (ILRI)