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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Seeding skills and growing trees

The Ethiopian famine of 1984 was infamous, but the country is still one of the world’s poorest, with recurrent droughts and food shortages. According to the UN World Food Programme, 49% of Ethiopians are malnourished, and the country has ‘alarming’ hunger levels.

Ethiopia’s urban population is growing, and so challenges such as food insecurity, air, land and water pollution, and deforestation are likely to grow too. It’s vital that measures are taken now to help local communities conserve their natural resources and use them in a sustainable way, so they can protect their food security and their livelihoods.

In Addis Ababa we’re working with the Birhan Integrated Community Development Organization to plant 5,000 trees in the sub-cities of Kolefe Keraniyo, Gulale and Yeka. We’ll be joined by 500 local volunteers. Among the trees will be 2,000 fruit seedlings (1,000 apple, 500 plum and 500 peach) and 3,000 mixed seedlings (including Blackwood Acacia, Silky Oak and Jacaranda).

As with all our projects, it’s really important that local people gain skills that they can put to practical use and pass on to others. In Addis Ababa 50 local people will be trained in tree planting, care and management. And 50 marginalised women will learn horticulture skills that will help them earn a living for their families.