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.
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
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

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