Dutch research partners visited all locations
The Global Challenges Programme aquaponics project received the Dutch partners of the research consortium for field visits in Ethiopia. They visited all three project sites, Shewa Robit, Hawassa and Metehara.
A visit to all three projects sites proved inspiring for all involved. Over the past months the local agri-preneurs have faced many challenges due to the drought that has hit Ethiopia. The aquaponics units have played a major role in sustaining access to healthy vegetables during the drought. The response from the local community on the roll out of aquaponics in Showarobit has been very positive.
In Metahara, the construction has been finalized and the first vegetables have been harvested. 21 young graduates are taking care of one big system. Besides the aquaponics they are running a small chicken farm. In cooperation with the local government they have set up a managing system including project meetings, committees and a data collection method.