KKL-JNF and Fair Planet in Ethiopia – Seeds of Hopeֹ 1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The open day showcased the Seeds of Hope project for Eastern Ethiopia, which aims to provide small-holder farmers with resilient high-quality tomato seeds suitable to semi-arid lands. The day was a great success, with more than 75 invited guests including participants from local agricultural ministries and agricultural cooperatives, farmers, research scientists and other professionals from Haramaya University, and local media personnel. The guests visited the tomato variety trial plots, received professional explanations, and saw the excellent results of the specialized species in the field compared to the local species. Later in the day, there were lectures for the participants in the university’s seminar building.
Fair Planet is a social start-up that was founded in 2011 by Dr. Shoshan Haran, whose mission is to address the lack of quality seeds for smallholder farmers in developing countries. Fair Planet identifies varieties suitable for the target region, provides geo-specific agro-training for local farmers and will offer seeds to local farmers, with credit, for the first growing seasons. Access to high-quality seeds suitable to local conditions will enable these farmers to grow and sell significant yields. This will allow additional income along with greater food security and improved nutrition for the local community.
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