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Creating Better Environment For Life

We are working to raise the importance of using sustainable knowledge, practices and innovations in order to support and improve the livelihoods of local communities in Ethiopia. We work to incorporate the best of both traditional and modern knowledge through sharing experiences, open dialogue, research and training, based on genuine participation.

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Farmer Kassu Aragaw’s Success at Organic Farming

DSC 0058    Kassu Aragaw one of the members of Rikecha Organic Vegetable Producers Association in Holeta town, Oromia region, described his organic work as follows:

    “My association, Rikecha Organic Vegetable Producers Association, said farmer Kassu, “joined the organic farming project implemented by the  Institute for Sustainable Development seven years ago.  

     Kassu also commented on how the project created market linkage opportunities in Addis Ababa for him and other farmers. He said “I am actively participating in an Organic Farmers’ Market Day by selling different types of organic vegetables and herbs. The Organic Farmers’ Market Day has helped me obtain more income, has transformed the livelihood of my family and that of members of the association. 

    Kassu said “by becoming an organic farmer we could change the fertility of the soil, increase productivity, feed our families healthy foods and transform our livelihood, all by taking advantage of the market day opportunity in Addis Ababa. We now have customers who regularly purchase our produce”.

    Kassu told us that training received from ISD, plus in addition to the experience sharing, and particularly market linkage opportunities in  Addis Ababa have been greatly appreciated.

In conclusion, Kassu said, “Bearing the label “organic” and undergoing training is not enough to be successful. Commitment and hard work are required. That is why I work hard!!”

Farmer Kassu Aragaw’s Success at Organic Farming

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ISD Biography


    ISD was founded in 1996 when Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher and his wife, Sue Edwards, were asked by the Ethiopian Government to come up with alternatives for expensive external inputs, particularly chemical fertilizers, in order for smallholder farmers to make their land productive

    ISD works incolaboration with local and international organizations to meet its goal and ISD's source of funding is grants from national and international donors. As of January 2011, ISD's donors and partners included the following.

    ISD works incolaboration with local and international organizations and Volunteers/Interns to meet its goal. contact us info@isd-bio.org
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