Urban Agriculture

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 January 2019 at 02:02

Ecological Sanitation - Composting Toilet in Construction at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture in collaboration with Goldeimer

Kebena,  Addis Ababa

The rivers of Addis Ababa serve as a default sewer system and dumping site for a very significant quantity of Addis Ababa's residential and industrial waste.  At the same time, the river banks of the city are one of the most-used sites for urban agriculture. It is not surprising that chemical and biological contamination is a common constraint to safe and healthy urban food systems. (I recently learned that my home is connected by pipe directly to the river in my neighborhood, and the same is true for many other Addis Ababa residents). 

Mintesenot Urban Agriculture is a youth-led urban farm, established by a group of young residents of Kebena, who decided to clean up and afforest the river banks, and start growing food and keeping livestock to make affordable quality nutrition and youth jobs available to neighborhood residents.&nbsp

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Collect Seedlings at School Garden Digging Party

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 December 2018, 09:30-11:30
  Makdala School, Biserate Gebriel (on Victory road, accross the street from the INSA office)

2 Opportunities for Urban Gardeners - School Gardening & Vegetable Seedling Collection! 

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.


Storm Water Management Demonstration Celebration

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 November 2018, 00:00-00:01
  Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, AAU, Lideta, Addis

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. 

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Posted 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Posted by Mahder Akalu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  

A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 07:26

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  

A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 5 March 2018 at 05:37

Cities for Our Future Challenge 2018

The Cities for our Future challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with the UK National Commission of UNESCO.

They are inviting imaginative problem solvers from the wider field of surveying, urban design, architecture, and engineering to submit transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining challenges of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change, and Resource Scarcity.


If you have e got a transformative idea for a project or policy and you want to make a positive contribution to the world, potentially build your professional profile at an international level and kick-start a rewarding and varied career, then this is the competition for you.

If you win, there’s also a £50,000 prize up for grabs and the chance to work with experts and mentors from within the surveying industry.

Your idea could be made into a prototype that makes a positi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 July 2017 at 11:47

AgriProFocus facilitated the Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture

In Ethiopia tree seedling are planted every year but the survival rate is very low. The Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project was organizing a tree competition event aimed at speed up tree planting with a higher rate of survival. The Surviving Tree Competition and tree planting activities took place at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture (a youth-run integrated urban farm, with permaculture vegetable plots, poultry, pigs, sheep and cows) hosted a tree planting event on the side of Kebena river. The event were opened by the song by the Ethiopian Environmental Club children on Endemic trees, Global warming, River health and Sustainable development continued from the song indigenous tree seedlings like Cordi Africana (Wanza), Croton (Bisana), Juniperus Procera (Tsid) , Olive (Weyra) etc from seedling supplier at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources were planted. Peace and Green also pro

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing this article Sewmehon! It is really nice to get a feel of what the day was like, keep it up.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 09:31

Projections have Ethiopia shifting from 20% urban to 60% urban in 50 years... so window gardening may become more and more important for nutrition of urban populations.

Ted talk by Britta Riley on window gardening available via this link.


How to plant trees that survive

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 July 2017, 09:00-11:30
  Mintesenot Urban Agriculture, Kasanchis - Kebena, AA

Tree Planting, Songs by the Ethiopia Environment Protection Club and Launching of the Surviving Tree Project!

The survival rate of trees planted from seedlings from some local tree seedling nurseries is estimated to be as low as 20% in the first 1-2 years after planting. The Surviving Tree Project seeks to promote the survival of planted tree seedlings through knowledge, and a competition in which the team of tree planters with the highest rate of tree survival get a cash award. (The design for this competition is inspired by the incentive scheme practiced by Wangari Maatha's Green Belt Movement).

The launch of the surviving tree project will take place at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture, an integrated farm on the Kebena River of Addis Abeba, that is run 100% by youth members creating jobs, healthy food and promoting environmental protection in their community.


9:00 am - Welcome

9:15 am - Songs by the Ethiopia Environment Protection Club composed on the following themes:

Endemic tre

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 February 2016 at 09:39


Are you interested in joining an international organisation with a long term commitment to sustainable development?

Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief and development organization meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease. As our agriculture programme in Uganda continues to grow, we are looking for dynamic professionals with at least three years hands on experience to fill the following positions;

Position 1: Project Manager for Kampala Urban Agricultural Project

Position 2: Project Officer: Nutritionist

Position 3: Project Officer: Agronomy

Duty station: Kampala (with frequent field travel)

Starting date: To be communicated

Contract Period: To be communicated

Find Job details here

Position 4: Office Assistant/ Receptionist

Find Job details here

How to Apply

Send CV, covering letter and relevant documentation by email to HR: Ugandahr@samaritan.org or hand delivery to Samaritan’s Purse offices, Plot 11 Luthuli

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Denish Amone I saw it late , may be next time better.

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Wycliffe Oyunga already sent my application. fingers crossed now!

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Kuteesa M all the best

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 October 2015 at 11:43

 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! 

shimeles Desta Around 15 percent of the world's food is now grown in urban areas. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urban farms already supply food to about 700 million residents of cities, representing about a quarter of the world’s urban population. By 2030, 60 percent of people in developing countries will likely live in cities.

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