The Home Gardens Network was launched on 13th January 2015 at a meeting attended by 36 participants from 29 different organizations. The Network was hosted by two USAID-funded implementing partners the Agriculture, Knowledge, Learning Development and Policy (AKLDP) project implemented by Tufts University and the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) program implemented by Mercy Corps.
Despite a decade of impressive growth rates, levels of poverty and under-nutrition in Ethiopia remain amongst the highest in the world. The Home Gardens Network is committed to working with the government and its international development partners, civil society organisations, the private sector and the people of Ethiopia to reduce poverty and to improve household nutrition in particular for children and women.
The Network has grown to more than 150 individuals representing government departments, private initiatives and civil society organisations who meet quarterly to share information, knowledge and operational challenges and lessons learned and to organise visits and training events.
Purpose and Objectives
The primary purpose of the Network is sharing knowledge, learning and support the documentation of evidence-based good practice with a view to scale-up household-level fruit and vegetable production for improved nutrition and household income outcomes. The Steering Committee of the Home Gardens Network organizes quarterly Network meetings.
summaries of the workshops, the full report and the PowerPoint presentations of
the guest speakers please go to the WORKSHOP REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS page
under Recommended Reading in the menu bottom left on this page. For additional
materials on nutrition sensitive agriculture, go to the PUBLICATIONS ON
NUTRITION SENSITIVE AGRICULTURE page.
If you like to join the Ethiopian Homegardens Network, please fill out the registration form here. You will then automatically get a notice about upcoming activities and network meetings.
Please scroll towards the bottom of this page to see interesting information on the discussion pages.
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We grow more variety of leafy green produce on less land, using less water, less soils therefore preventing deforestation, conserving water, reducing greenhouse emissions.
(22 Feb 2016, Addis Ababa)
Vertical Farming may not be a new or even a recent topic in relation to urban agriculture and sustainable food production. However, in Ethiopia, where cities are currently in continuous expansion, the need to look upwards besides sideways is becoming inevitable.
Our member, Dejene Adem, has started looking up. He is already harvesting fresh vegetables from the vertical farm he built just in front of his house as a pilot project. When scaled up successfully and practiced by residents in and surrounding big cities like Addis Ababa, he believes his idea of vertical farming will have a significant impact on food security – let alone on availability of fresh and nutrient food just around the corner.
He started the pilot project using a seed money he received from Reach for Change for being among the 20 shortlisted applicants out of 200 competitors in a social entrepreneurship competition. The Four finalists of this competition will be a... Read more