As part of 2SCALE’s inclusive agribusiness activities in Ethiopia, youth are a key demographic who we always try to factor into our activities. In the Awash Olana-2SCALE partnership, youth are essential to the achievement of the partnerships main objective of promoting eco-efficient vegetable production.
One of the major eco-efficient interventions in the partnership is professionalizing the spray service provision given that crop protection is a key challenge that affects not only economical profits but also health. Smallholder farmers normally rely on sprayers who have little knowledge on the safe use of chemicals and are who also do not use personal protective equipment while spraying. The existing sprayers had little information on recommended dosages, appropriate timing, and method of applications, or how to distinguish genuine products from counterfeits. All this led to technical inefficiency, i.e., repeated spray application seeking more produce even if it will increase production costs and deteriorate the soil fertility. Thus, a strategic partner, Crop Life Ethiopia was introduced to take role in training, deploying, and monitoring the Spray Service Providers (SSP) program in collaboration with Arba Gugu Union (another Business Support Service(BSS) provider in respect of all the agronomy interventions).