Menschen für Menschen makes up ground


Africa’s soils are threatened. Every year huge expanses of arable land are turned into desert in the Sahel zone alone. Today only 3% of the surface area of Ethiopia is forested. There are many reasons for this: overgrazing, deforestation for urgently needed firewood, population growth and climatic change. All this results in degradation of the soil and vast stretches of fertile land are washed or blown away.

Agroecology with a concept

Together with the Ethiopian farmers Menschen für Menschen strives in all project areas to improve traditional farming methods. Constructing terraced fields and soil stabilisation by means of deep-rooted vetiver grass is a first, but effective long-term measure to prevent erosion. Each year up to seven million new saplings are grown in tree nurseries for new tree plantations. In order to not only preserve the country’s remaining trees, but to expand the forest areas, besides reafforestation programmes Ethiopia Aid has also initiated the distribution of "green stoves" (wood-saving) and organises training for ecological farming. Menschen für Menschen is banking on farmers passing on their knowledge and finding many imitators all over the country.

Award for agricultural programmes

For his successful development aid Karlheinz Böhm was awarded an honorary doctorate in agroecology by the Ethiopian University of Alemaya. Wherever he implements agricultural reforms, ecological sustainability and increased yields mean a secure livelihood for the farmers and their families.

Our successes to date:

– Production and distribution of 185 Millionen tree saplings for reafforestation

– Agricultural training for 114.844 participants

– A total of 50.572 km of terraces, stone and earth walls to protect from erosion

– Reafforestation of 9.532 ha of land

– Planting of vetiver grass to conserve the soil over an areas of 4.948 km

CHF

Beneficiary:
Donations account:
Account Number 18180018
Bank Code 701 500 00
BIC SSKMDEMM
IBAN DE64701500000018180018
Donations account:
Account Number 18180018
Bank Code 701 500 00
BIC SSKMDEMM
IBAN DE64701500000018180018
Spendenkonto:
Postkonto 90-700000-4

Stiftung Menschen für Menschen Karlheinz Böhms Äthiopienhilfe, 8002 Zürich

IBAN-Code:
CH97 0900 0000 9070 0000 4
BIC SSKMDEMM
IBAN DE64701500000018180018
Agriculture in Ethiopia