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.
Dec 26, 2012

Tech adoption that will enlighten your holiday

Using clay pots to grow tomatoes
Using clay pots to grow tomatoes

Dear supporters and contirbuted,

I would like to share with you a spontanous adoption of the use of clay pots for sub-surface irrigation in the dry lands. I saw it in the project and it is my own picture. As you can see, one of our project partners have planted tomatoe on the side of the water filled clay pot that irrigates the apple tree. The tomatoe is clearly happy as it gets the water from clay pot directly to its roots as well as a 12-hour tropical sun-shine. When asked about this Hailu said that he now clearly understands the use of the water filled buried clay pot irrigaiton as an efficient and reliablewatering system in his arid village and will continue to grow vegetables to support his family. For Ato Hailu, this was an experiment and the result was success.

Please note that this is your money doing something good and putting sustainability on the ground in the most vulnerable parts of the world, the arid lands. Again, thank you for your continued support and please keep safe and happy during this Holiday season. We wish you a happy New Year!!!

This year was good as I spent 11 months in Ethiopia consulting the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency on environmental and climate related issues. It gave me an opportunity to look into the project. We almost finished the surface water harvesting system for the pilot demonstration project. We are only left to put cover on it (look at the pciture)

I am back to Colorado now and if any one wants to know more about the project please feel free email me at tsegay@colorado.edu.  

Surface water harvesting system almost completed
Surface water harvesting system almost completed
Nov 13, 2012

Recent updates from the field - 500 apples distributed to farmers

Surface water harvesting system under construction
Surface water harvesting system under construction

Dear supporters,

I am happy to share with you that we bought and distributed 500 apple seedlings in the village of Atebes in July 2012. This was in response to demands of by the farmers to plant more fruit trees. Since the beginning of the project in July 2010, the number of apple trees planted by 200 farmers in the village has reached 1400 thanks to your support. The project is also in the process of completing the surface water harvesting well that started last year (see picture). The contract to dig the pond was given to students so that they can get additional skills and income. The project is almost completed it will collect water during the next rainy season.  In collaboration with the local government and extension agents, we have began a restoration of a highly degraded creek using gabion wires. We will send you additional information on the impact  of the project in our next report.

Thank you for the generous support. We will appreciate if you share the information with your friends and families so that we can reach our goal. Thank you.

Apple fruits damaged by hail
Apple fruits damaged by hail
A farme prunining his apples planted in July 2010.
A farme prunining his apples planted in July 2010.
seedlings for distribution on August 20, 2012
seedlings for distribution on August 20, 2012
Jun 26, 2012

Getting ready for the rainy season of 2012

New Fruit_sign of the future
New Fruit_sign of the future

Our volunteer recently visited the project. The construction of surface water harvesting structure is going on as schedule. It will be filled with water in the coming rainy season. A 30 cubic meter structure is dug, stones are collected, and cements are bought for the structure. We hope to bring a picture of the pond filled with water at the end of the rainy season and lead to sustainable water supply. Our apples that are being watered with buried clay pots one year and 11 months. The fruit trees will be pruned very soon and additional training given to our partners. Our volunteer recently sent us one of the trees starting to give fruit at this young age. This achieved because of the support of volunteers alike. Thank you for your continued support.

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