The aim of this study was to evaluate the perception of smallholder farmers on the ongoing community-based breeding programs (CBBPs). The survey data were collected from 236 households of 118 CBBPs participant farmers and 118 non-participants sheep keeping farmers. The survey data were analyzed using index and SPSS. The evaluation result revealed that, CBBP is acceptable and workable in the community. The direct participation of smallholder farmers in CBBP is in increasing trend. After intervention of CBBP, a greater number of sheep were sold and participant’s farmers realized high average annual income. The program enables smallholders to have access to improved forage seed production, health intervention, capacity building in sheep fattening, and elite breeding ram selection. It can be concluded that genetic improvement of Doyogena sheep under CBBPs was successful and the program satisfies the farmers. Therefore, there is an opportunity to out scaled to new site and strengthen the old sites for further improvements.
Keywords: Community-Based Breeding Program, Doyogena sheep, Farmer Satisfaction