1. Come collect vegetable seedlings - Florensis has donated 3,000 seedlings to urban gardens! There are mostly tomato and watermellon seedlings. You can collect seedlings from your garden on Tuesday morning at Magdala School Garden.
2. Help students at Magdala Public School to dig their garden bed, together with gardening expert Mr. Eskinder Mulugeta who working to grow food secure schools in Addis Ababa. Learn and work together on Tuesday morning!
Makdala School is a public school in the Biserate Gebriel neighborhood of Addis Ababa, accross the road from the Ethipia Network Security Agency (also known as ENSA, see map via this link).
To collect seedlings or help students dig their garden, please call Mr. Eskinder: 0904399009.
Ethiopia, known as "the water tower of Africa," faces several constraints in terms of timely access to water of sufficient quality and quantity. Excess water, especially in urban areas with ample impervious surfaces, is another recurring challenge. Practical examples of stormwater collection and filtration can help us overcome such challenges, for both agriculture and urban development.
On Thursday November 15th, such practical examples will be open for demonstration at AAU EiABC, courtesy of urban ecology experts such as Dr. Kumelachew Yeshitela. The stormwater management demonstration featured this day is the fruit of a collaboration of the Addis Ababa University Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development and the University of Michigan.
For more information, or to request an invitation letter, please contact 251913225971.
As part of the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture platform facilitated by AgriProFocus and the EU, four workshops have been organized in 2016. The first workshop of 2017, held on May 31st , addressed the issue of homegardens for better nutrition. Different guest speakers, Mekonnen from CRS, Medhanit from FHI360 and Mesfin from Send A Cow presented about different type of homegardens (e.g. permagardening, keyhole gardening etc.) and about the nutritional benefit for rural households to combine homegardening with livestock rearing. In addition, Mestawet from AKLDP/Tufts University was a special guests as she is responsible for the Ethiopian Home Gardens Networkand for the provision of permagardening (ToT) training.
Please find the workshop report attached.
Tufts University/AKLDP facilitates an active network of professionals working with the introduction and development of HOME GARDENS in Ethiopia. This practice of home- or kitchen-gardens by women and schoolchildren is very important for the provision of more nutritious food in households and local markets.
If you are interested in this platform please contact Mestawet Gebru at Mestawet.Gebru@tufts.edu
The Home Gardens Network also issued an overview of seed providers for such home gardens , please find the SEED DIRECTORY HERE
We enjoyed a great excursion to Home gardens of the ISAPSO projects in Solulta and Chancha, last Friday October 2.
The excursion was jointly organised by Tufts University Home Gardens Network, AgriProFocus and ISAPSO.
If you weren't there you have really missed something: joint learning, networking, sharing of experience, but you can catch up by reading the report HERE
A new opportunity for a similar experience will be on October 22. Debre Berhan university has invited us to visit their Home Gardens project. they provide free transport from addis to Debre Berhan and back. If you want to join, do subscribe with your name, organisation, email-address and mobile telephone number with Yelleke de Nooy, email@example.com
On Friday October 2 we experienced a great and successful excursion to Home Gardens in Solulta and Chancha. One reaction was: thank you for organizing today's excursion. I had a very good time and got introduced to so many good people that have very similar thinking regarding women issues. I also have increased my knowledge about gardening.
The excursion was jointly organised by AgriProFocus, Tufts university and ISAPSO, as we visited the latter organisation's projects. Participants were members of the APF Gender-Equity-in Agricultural- Value-Chains Network, and the Tufts Home Gardens Network .
Please see the report here with the very interesting SWOT analysis!
This excursion is jointly organised by AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Tufts University Home Gardens Network,
Purpose: to share how we can set up Home Gardens (including agricultural practices, seed selection, water management, compost making) in a sustainable way for women to support themselves and their family.
A bus will leave at 8 pm (hulet sa'at) from Meskel square.
Please register your name, organisation, email and telephone nr. with Yelleke de Nooy Ydenooy@agriprofocus.com
Field visit to ENDA-Ethiopia bio-physical rehabilitation and urban agriculture work in Addis