The Ethiopia Sheep and Goat Productivity Improvement Program (ESGPIP) is a USAID- funded five-year project designed to reduce constraints to increased productivity of small ruminants in Ethiopia through appropriate interventions. The ESGPIP supports USAID’s long-term strategic goal of realizing a more peaceful, secure, prosperous, and healthy Ethiopia, as well as strategic objectives of increasing human capacity and social resiliency and private sector-led economic growth. The Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) of Texas and Langston University (LU) of Oklahoma work with the Ethiopian Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD) to implement the ESGPIP under a Cooperative agreement signed between the USAID and the PVAMU on 22 September 2005.
The Ethiopia Sheep and Goat Productivity Improvement Program Resources
The environment is the basic determinant of the nature and productivity of rangeland eco-systems. Physical environmental factors, which include climate, topography and soil, determine the potential of rangeland to support certain types and levels of land use. Within the limits set by this potential, the influence of fire and biological environmental factors (grazing, tree cutting and shifting cultivation) results in different types of vegetations and levels of productivity.