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 7, 2011

Fall 2011 report

surface water harvesting system under construction
surface water harvesting system under construction

Our volunteer, A Gebru, visited the victory gardens pilot project and stated that the the rainy season was over two months ago, in September, however, the young apple trees are doing very well. The two water collection tankers were refilled due to one heavy  rainfall at the beginning of November. The clay pot irrigaiton system are also saving water as expected. Our on going activity during these dry season is to complete the ground surface water harvesting system that we started in August. Now that the the pond under construction is dry, we plan continue with construction by building inside walls and water proofing it.The pond will be sealed with concrete and cement. It will also be fenced for safety. Once th eunderground water harvesting system is completed the water need of the demosntration site will be saved. We appreciate your continued support to successfully complete our goal of training the students in victory gardens.  It is reported that our activities have coincided with the Ethiopian government’s aggressive support to farmers to create a household based water bank to deal with the hazard of climate change in the country.  

Thank you for your continued support.

Young apple trees are doing very well
Young apple trees are doing very well
Aug 31, 2011

600 apple trees planted in July 2011

Water harvesting system interrupted by rain
Water harvesting system interrupted by rain

153 farmers in the village of Atebes requested the supply of 600 additional apple seedlings to plant during the rainy season of 2011. This is in addition to the initial plantation of 300 apple trees for the first time in July 2010, using the clay pot irrigation system. They were motivated by the success of last year's plantation at the demonstration site and their backyards. The training about fruit tree management that was provide to them by our volunteers in the Spring of 2011 was also very useful for the new demand.  We are very happy to report that the majority of farmers requested between 2 and 5 seedlings, the quantities that they can manage both in labor and water supply. The 17 students continue to get rained as interns in the demonstration site. To provide security of water supply to the demonstration site, the project has begun the construction of a 40 cubic meter capacity underground water harvesting system (see photo). This new water harvesting system will be finalized during the coming dry season. Farmers are very happy about these posibilities to improve their knowledge and livelihood for the future.

In the name of the beneficiaries I would like to thank you for contirbuting to realize this inception and for creating hopes and possibilities in the hearts of the farmers and the students that problems that seem insurmountable can be solved. 

The rainy season has provided much need water
The rainy season has provided much need water
Excited by the potential of the pond
Excited by the potential of the pond
Jun 1, 2011

Recent Farmers’ Capacity Building workshop

It has been nine months since the demonstration site on the “use of clay pots for irrigation in the dry lands” began. The project planted fruit trees in a common area and distributed others to individual farmers. Recent rapid survey shows that more than 85 per cent of the fruit trees have survived the long dry season. Upcoming rains arrive for the anticipated rainy season beginning in mid-June. The rainy season will further enhance the life of our planted fruit trees.

Eighty framers and student interns participated in the training workshop that took place on May 29, 2011. The participants included 24 female and 56 men from the village. Three experts who have extensive experience in plant science, rural development and capacity building gave the workshop.    

The training focused on the following issues:

  • Different irrigation methods and the benefits of the clay pot irrigation system for dry land irrigation 
  • The characteristics and behaviors of fruit trees such as apples. 
  • The varieties of Rootstock and scion
  • Management of food forests including site selection, pit preparation, composting, plantation, watering, fertilization (organic and inorganic), dormancy, pruning, follow up of disease and pests, and some cultural practices that enable preventing diseases and pests, time table for agronomic practices)
  • Advantages of fruit trees (production capacity, source of income, medicinal value etc).
  • The production and application of composts
  • The importance of farm schedules.

During the workshop many farmers and students demanded for more apple trees to be planted during the next rainy season. Now that the trees are growing, farmers also demanded tools such as tree-cutting knives. We plan to respond positively thanks to your continued support.

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