Build victory gardens for 200 Ethiopian students

by Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), University of Colorado at Boulder Vetted since 2010

Dear supporters,

One of the key technologies for our gardens project in dry areas has been the use of clay pots for sub-surface irrigation. Our volunteer, Amanuel Gebru decided to pursue his MSc studies at the University of Mekelle's Ethiopian Institute for Climate and Society* and his project was to find evidence on the use of clay pots on water prudcitvity. He designed an improved clay pot with a traditional potter and the results are published in an international refereed journal.

The title of the the publication which is based on Amanuel Gebru's tMA hesis is "Evaluating water productivity of tomato, pepper and Swiss chard under clay pot and furrow irrigation technologies in semi-arid areas of northern Ethiopia" Below is the summary of the findings as written in the abstract at the International Journal of Water:

" Managing irrigation water is among the critical issues to address food insecurity under climate change and variability conditions. Irrigation is suggested as one of the adaptation practices commonly implemented to reduce climate related risks. However, there is scarcity of water in many drylands and identifying an efficient and effective irrigation system is crucial. A comparative study was undertaken between bar-shaped clay pot and furrow irrigation on tomato, pepper and Swiss chard crops in northern Ethiopia during the cropping season of 2014/2015. Results were compared on the basis of yield, water productivity and economic performance. The yields of Swiss chard, tomato and pepper were increased by up to 51, 32 and 30%, respectively, in bar-shaped clay pot irrigation system as compared to the control. Water saving was also considerably increased by 40.6, 41.2 and 41.7% for the respective crops as compared to the control. Similarly, the water productivities of Swiss chard, tomato and pepper were 10.9, 4.2, and 1.8 kg m–3, respectively. Further research on the suitability of bar-shaped clay pot irrigation on various soils and crops is recommended."

This is an important finding as projects of gardening can be implemented for climate change adaptation in the dry lands. I would also like to thank our volunteer amanuel Gebru for completing his graduate degree and for publishing his thesis on an international journal. Please find a copy of the publication attached. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 *The Ethiopian Institute for Climate and Society was established through a technical collaboration between the University of Colorado's Consortiuem for Capacity Building (CCB)/INSTAAR and Mekelle University with seed money from the Open Society Institute for its Capacity Building of African Universities in climate change adaptation.


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Greetings to all supporters,

Merry X-mass, Kanuka and the New year. Our community is also getting ready to celebrate Lidetand Epiphany. Lidet or the Birth of Jesus is celebrate on January 7. This is following the old Julian calendar.

It is quiet in the project area as it is the end of the harvest season. However, this is the dry season and participants of our project have began trimming their apples. With this work we are anticipating they will have a good harvest in the spring. We are hoping that some of them will sell their fruitsin the nearest towns.

Again, thank you for your support and hope to hear from you.

Dear supporters,

It is the end of the rainy season in Ethiopia. It is also the new year as of September 11. Following the end of the rainy season rural communities are often blessed with abundance due to the ensuing harvest. It the highlands the rainy season is also cold despite being summer on the geographic calendar.

Our plan to distrbute seedlings during the rainy season as promised did not materialize due to lack of funds. The demand by meny people is increasing. the impact of the apple fruits has created interest by many young people in the village. We promised to them that they have to wait until next summer to be participants in a new round of seedling plantation and training.

We would like to thank you for your support, I would especially like to thank those few recurrent donors that are sustaining the project. The community would be very greatfull for new recurrent donors from any one that you know. Thank you again for your continued support.

Best wishes for a blessed Fall.

Dear Supporters,

 

The dry season is finished and the rainy season where all agricultural activities is conducted in northern Ethiopia has arrived. Rural people are planning to plant and take care of their annual crops. Our project is also beneficiary of the rainy season. The three cycles of planting the apple trees were conducted during the rainy season. The technology of using the buried clay pots for irrigation was very useful to support the precipitation needs of the fruit trees during the dry season. It has worked so far and many new members of the community are demanding to be included in the project.

Our plan for the rainy season is to mobilize resoruces so that those that were not included in the initial intervention would get the opportunity to own their fruit trees. Many young people are sending message that they need to get their fruit trees. 

That is what we plan to do. We hope that you would continue your support so that we can buy the seedlings and distribute them to those who were missed during the first three cycles of seedling distribution.

Again thank you for your support. Best wishes for a peacefull and happy summer.

Elders discussing the repair, by Amanuel Gebru
Elders discussing the repair, by Amanuel Gebru

Dear supporters,

As we stated in our previous report, the water harvesting system was deteriorating due to use and age. Even though the project leaders have been talking about the need for repair, we wanted and hoped that the idea will come from the community. We wanted them to lead the repair process and own the project. When communities own a project they protect and invest in it. In the cse of our project in Atebes the community raised 5000.00 Birr on their own initiative. Their representatives also signed a repair contract for the water harvesting system with an expert for 15,000.00 Birr.  The CCB wired the balance to the contractor for his work. The followign work was conducted. 

1 - Remove the old gutter from the roof

2 - Install new gutter to the roof (about 100 meter)

3 - Install a wide water that directs the water to the two black and white water containers (tanks)

4. Landscape improvement around the concrete surface system so that water can be directed through gravity.

Activities 1, 2 and 3 related to the roof water harvesting system are completed. Any drop of water on the roof will be collected. The improvement on the surface water harvesting is in progress now and will be completed soon. 

Thank you for your continued support. With your support we will complete our project and upscale it to other villages. 

Sincerely,

Amanuel Gebru and Tsegay Wolde-Georgos

Repair materials (By Amanuel Gebru)
Repair materials (By Amanuel Gebru)
After repair (By Amanuel Gebru)
After repair (By Amanuel Gebru)
Before the repair (By Tsegay Wolde-Georgis)
Before the repair (By Tsegay Wolde-Georgis)
Before the repair (By Tsegay Wolde-Georgis)
Before the repair (By Tsegay Wolde-Georgis)
Repairing (By Amanuel Gebru)
Repairing (By Amanuel Gebru)
Before the repair (By Tsegay Wolde-Georgis)
Before the repair (By Tsegay Wolde-Georgis)
 

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