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Famine, AIDS, and bad use of fertilizers: great danger to Ethiopians

By Drs. Gebru Hailu (December 9, 2002)

For many of us, the chronic famine and draught in Ethiopia has to do with the failure of the last couple of generations and the present one. They could not cop up with the natural as well as social and economic development changes in the world. Very few really realize that these country's population is in real danger of being extinct while the facts are very vivid. One only have to remember the situation of the country during the last decade only.

In additon to these natural disaster there are human factors too. One is the bad use of the chemical fertilizers in the country. As to my observation from some Ethiopian professionals, the soil is being sterilized by this bad practice.

There is also the problem of AIDS. A record number of AIDS patients are there in the country. At this right moment about 30% of the population is infected with HIV virus. Anather problem, the famine, has affected 20% of the population. This means, 50% of the population are endangered at this right moment. With these facts in mind, it will not be exaggeration if one says the majority of the population are in real danger of being extinct in the near future, if nothing is done to stop this malaise.

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Fertilizer as a cause of famine in Ethiopia
Food security II cooperative agreement ( March 1995 - September 1998)
Ethiopia: The Staged Hunger
Socio economic origin of famine in ethiopia
Fight starvation
Same probleem, different causes in Ethiopia
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Fertilizer as a cause of famine in Ethiopia
Fertilization program for trees and shrubs
Eroding soil fertility
Chemical company control our food
Ethiopian natural resources

Teff : traditional cereal crop in Ethiopia

Teff is an important, traditional cereal crop in Ethiopia that grows well under various stress conditions and is extensively used in Ethiopia but is little known elsewhere. Teff is one of the smallest grains in the world, measuring only about 1/32 of an inch in diameter. Approximately 150 grains equal the size of a kernel of wheat. One cup of cooked teff contains 387 milligrams of calcium (40 percent of the USRDA, which is more than milk), 15 milligrams of iron (100 percent of the USRDA and twice as much iron as wheat and barley) and is high in protein as well as fiber. A rich source of boron, copper, phosphorus, zinc. Gluten-free.

Links to websites about Teff

Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter
Marilee's Teff Page
New Crop FactSHEET Pardue Universitye
Feff: Food Crop for Humans and Animals
Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I: Grains (1996)
Almost Lost, But Not Forgotten
African Studies Main Menu
Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter
Institute of Agricultural Research Organization, Holetta Agricultural Research Center (IARO)
Alternatieve gewassen, Agri Holland,(Dutch)
Alternatieve landbouwgewassen (Dutch)
Nieuw: graan zonder gluten (Dutch)
Boer en bakker ontdekken glutenvrij ’teff’ (Dutch)
Goed nieuws voor coeliakiepatiënten (Dutch)

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World Fertilizer Use Manual
Food security II cooperative agreement ( March 1995 - September 1998)
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Nitrates and Nitrites
Organic vs inorganic(chemical) fertilizers
Calculate soilwatercontent
Wrong image of Ethiopia
Irrational blame to one another
Inhuman political agenda of Ethiopian politicians
Wrong political direction or choice
Blaming others for our mistakes