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.
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.

Mar 13, 2012

Our apples begin to flower in the midst of the dry season

surface water harvesting system to be completed
surface water harvesting system to be completed

Dear supporters and friends,

I visited the pilot project on January 21, 2012. January is the heart of the dry season in northern Ethiopia. Our roof water harvesting systems are getting low and our volunteers are worried. They think that unless we buy water even the efficient clay pot irrigation system might give way. The completion of the underground water harvesting system before the beginning of the rainy season in June will guarantee water for next year.

Despite the drought and increased temperature the efficiency of the clay pot irrigation system is visible. We have captured pictures of apples with flowers and small fruits. They also green in a dry and brown area. People in the village are chatting as to why the plants are not dry. That made the people very optimistic that the system works. Recently I was contacted by the county agricultural extension bureau and told me of their support for this kinds of initiatives. I plant to talk to them and share the information in my next report. Look at the attached pictures for more information.

Thank you for supporting the initiative

Tsegay from Ethiopia.

one and half year apple developin its fruits
one and half year apple developin its fruits
The apple is getting  tall
The apple is getting tall
With flower and fruit
With flower and fruit

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