Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), University of Colorado at Boulder

The CCB is an educational, outreach, and networking organization at the University of Colorado, Boulder. CCB focuses on enhancing the value and use of climate, water, and weather information for the betterment of societies and the well being of individuals around the world.
Sep 16, 2014

Growing seedlings to earn and spread fruit tree

Dear Supporters,

Greetings. I hope you all have a great summer. 

We are trying to connect our project participants with other similar development activities in the area. Recently, we had preliminary dicussion with a ICRAF/Ethiopia on the potential of training our project participants on how to grow seedlings so that they can sell to farmers in neighboring villages and increase their income. When the project materializes they will get additional and quick source of income. The innovation of growing fruit trees in dry areas will also spread to other villages leading to the improvement of their food security and sustainability.

The goal of fund raising to complet out project is not yet achieved. We are counting on your continued support to accomplish out objectives. Thank you very much.

Jun 16, 2014

CU Boulder writes about our apples project

Dear supporters,

Our pilot project on the use of clay pots for irrigation system as a climate change adaptation tool to improve food security in  vulnerbales communities in the dry lands has caught the attention of the University of Colorado's INSTAAR. The news update was written by Shelly Sommeron INSTAAR's  website on April 4 2014. The article is titled "Apples in Atebes: Cultivating Climate resilience in an Ethiopian Village. The article is a testament to the impact of our supporters that icnlude you and our volunteers in Ethiopia. We lookforward for your feedback on the article.

Again, we would like to thank you, our esteemed supporters and look forward to your continued support until we reach out goal. I hope that you will distribute the article to your friends, familes and colleagues so that we can reach our goal.

 

THANK YOU:) 

Mar 17, 2014

A Chat with Hiwot in Atebes

In our recent visit to the project we had a discussion with some students who are participating in the Atebes victory garden project. We asked them how the project is going. Below are some of the answers they provided. 

Question: How many apple trees do you have

Hiwot: We have 5 apple trees. I am the one who take care of them. My little seeblings also help in watering. My father tells us to water it when we forget.

Q. Have they started bearing fruit.

Hiwot: Some them have started to give fruit but others are still short. It depends on their age. the ones that are fruiting were planted in 2011. We are eating them and they are tasty.

Q. Have you started selling them in the market.

Hiwot: We have not started selling them. One of my trees has only 24 fruits. Others are also like us. This is a new tree and man people dont know what it is. May be we will sell in the future and make a lot of money. Now we want to eat them.

Q. How many households have apple trees.

Hiwot: I dont know. But most of my friends have apple trees. But again, on the old ones have fruit.

Q. Do you know that the price of one apple in Mekelle city is 18 birr ($1.00).

Hiwot: No, I dont know that. I have never been to Mekelle even. When we a lot of fruits we will sell our in Mekelle.

Q. What is your plan for the future.

Hiwot: I am with my parents until I finish my school. I am only 10th grade. I hope to grow more apples if I get the seedlings or if I knwo how to multiply them. 

Thank you for the chat. Thank you.

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