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Farmers earn under $2 per day. Ethiopia is 85% rural.

Healthy Storage of Corn and Grain for Farmers

Children only eat  ears of corn. Corn kernels ready to sell make them sick because of malathion pesticides. NO MORE! Farmers can store their corn and grain safely to sell when market prices are high.  One ton seed & grain bags store crops without pesticideand with no chance for weevils or rats to destroy the crop.  The Project will share the cost of the bag with farmers ($55 from a farmer’s savings from honey sales & use of diluted urine as fertilizer)

Project Ethiopia helps Farmers:

SUCCESS: ‘BEE FARMING’ SPREADS and helps the farm economy.

Every beehive can produce $175 in honey. The honey in the Dangla area is in high demand. Project Ethiopia gave 101 beehives (to 50 Farmers’ Association members) and many other farmers purchased beehives.  All farmers are welcome to use the 2 centrifuges, 2 honey comb makers and embedders. 

IMPORTANCE: Seed loans can be paid back with money from honey sales so that crops do not need to be sold immediately and can be sold later when prices are higher.

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1. 51 beehives arriving and with the honey extractor create a thriving business.
2. Farmers having a look at the modern hives and frames for a better understanding how everything works.
3.  Traditional beehive - vulnerable to animals raiding it and honey is not clean.
4.  Lessons on how to mold the combs for the frames.
5.  With the honey extractor, farmers have a faster and cleaner way to remove honey from the combs.

 More beehives are needed - will you help?


SUCCESS: Diluted Urine as fertilizer

Urine works better than chemical urea fertilizer.  Farmers get about an 8% greater yield with urine as fertilizer.  The main benefit is the savings from not having to buy chemical urea fertilizer.
Twenty farmers volunteered to grow an area of corn fertilized once a week with 40 ml of 3:1 WATER:URINE mix only.  The rest of their corn field was fertilized using chemical urea fertilizer.  The 20 farmers were paid $20 each (the value of harvest of the urine-fertilized plot) as a risk payment since the result was unknown and in case all of their urine-fertilized corn failed.

There were 100 corn plants randomly selected from each field.  The weight of all kernels from the corn in the chemical urea field was subtracted from the weight of all kernels from the corn in the urine field.   The data are these 20 differences.  For all 20 farmers, the urine-fertilized kernels weighed more than the urea-fertilized kernels.

The increase in weight for the urine-fertilized corn was statistically significant.

Urine is sterile and can be safely used immediately. 

This farmer grew 2 experimental plots of corn.  One was fertilized with 1:1 water:urine, one with 3:1 water:urine and the rest of his field with the expensive urea chemical fertilizer that all the farmers use.  His results were that the 1:1 urine-fertilized corn had more cobs per plant, a larger diameter stalk and better root system than did the other plants.  The yield was greatest from the 1:1 urine-fertilized plants, next from the 3:1 urine fertilized plants and least from the chemical urea-fertilized plants.   His results gave all the farmers increased confidence in growing using diluted urine as a fertilizer. 
ALL farmers can now save the money they used to spend on the chemical urea fertilizer. 
This money can be used for additional food for the family and for other necessities.



Workineh wrote the bylaws for Farmers’ Associations which can exist all over Ethiopia.  The Farmers’ Association exists to help farmers understand new principles of farming:  use of compost to enrich the soil, use of diluted urine as fertilizer, how to do work with beehives and harvest honey, how to time sales of crops. 

Workineh organized the first Farmers’ Association – 50 farmers in the Dangla area. 

The second Farmers’ Association is formed in the Girarghe villages.  The 50 members had to be recommended by members of the first Farmers’ Association.  They were eager to join.
Workineh will teach farmers to use urine and compost from school latrines to fertilize and increase crops, decrease malnutrition and lower costs by $125 per farmer per year by not buying chemical fertilzers.
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1.  Men are shown here demonstrating the use of the sickles.
2.  120 Sickles and watering cans were purchased and distributed thanks to the generous donations that Project Ethiopia has received!
     These will be used by the women and children to weed and water the gardens near their homes.

11/11/11 FARMING IMPROVEMENTS since 7/1/05

102      Modern beehives $42

2          Honey extractor centrifuge $211

2          Casting molds for honey combs $423

320       Sickles for women or children who weed and harvest $2

100       Watering cans $3 

A Great Beginning - Help Us Do MORE !

Project Ethiopia  c/o Interfaith Community Church 1763 NW 62nd Street, Seattle, WA 98107
Project Ethiopia has 501(c)(3) status so US donations are tax deductible.