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Enset is an essential plant for the Ethiopian Sidama system of agropastoralism. Sidama agropastoralism and the folk taxonomy of enset is presented here in ethnographic context. One of several societies of Ethiopia’s enset complex, the highland Sidama are among the most wholly reliant on enset and maintain more enset varieties in their gardens than other groups. Sidama agro-pastoral systems revolve around human-enset-cattle interaction: Sidama eat low-protein parts of enset; cattle eat high-protein parts of enset; Sidama get protein from dairy; Sidama fertilize enset with cattle manure. In the Sidama language, enset offers an example of Hunn’s generic elevation within the framework of Berlinian perceptual-taxonomic theory. Weesho (enset) may serve both as a folk generic taxon and a life-form taxon depending on the frame of reference. Such expansion allows for an intermediate taxa translating to “male” or “female” ensets, followed by generic and specific taxa for kinds or “breeds” of enset. Generic elevation offers descriptive magnification of nomenclature for enset, a most salient species among Sidama people.


East Africa; linguistic ethnobiology, Musaceae, ethnobotany, pastoralism

09 November 201407:00Yirgalem Stadium
Premier League

Teams H2H Performance

Sidama Bunna @ HomeDashen Birra @ Away
1 of 1 %100Wins%0 0 of 1
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0 of 1 %0Loss%100 1 of 1
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Matches between Sidama Bunna & Dashen Birra (2)

15.06.2014Premier LeagueSidama Bunna1 - 0Dashen BirraSidama Bunna - Dashen Birra match stats
23.02.2014Premier LeagueDashen Birra0 - 0Sidama BunnaDashen Birra - Sidama Bunna match stats

General statistics

General StatisticsSidama Bunna
Dashen Birra
Total Played211211
Goals for110000
Goals against000110
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Addis Ababa (HAN) November 7, 2014 – Public diplomacy and Regional Financial investment news. Ethiopia announces plans to issue Eurobond to interest foreign investors to the country.  Ethiopia, which has previously said it was considering issuing a Eurobond, was awarded a ‘B’ rating by Fitch on Friday with a stable outlook. Kenya, which plans a Eurobond worth up to $2 billion, has received a ‘B+’ rating by Fitch. This decision  offers an opportunity for Ethiopia, to enter international capital markets.
Ethiopia has mostly relied on domestic resources and Chinese loans to finance big infrastructure projects across the country. It clear now when it might tap international markets. With the global financial situation on the fence it would be interesting to see how this plays out. Foreign investors are closely watching Ethiopia, attracted by a decade of high growth and a market of about 90 million people. 
Investors in the Emerging markets have exhibited  appetite for the Bonds Market, after the success of Kenya’s debut Eurobond, other economies like Tanzania and Ethiopia have announced plans for their respective bonds.
Ayalenesh Tafese from Rand Merchant Bank joins CNBC Africa to discuss Ethiopia’s Eurobond plans and prospects for investors and the country. 
Background: A eurobond is a bond denominated in a currency not native to the issuer‘s home country. Eurobonds are commonly issued by governments, corporations, and international organizations.
Source: http://www.geeskaafrika.com/ethiopia-b-rating-by-fitch-to-debut-eurobond/6253/

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Sami Grover, Science and Sustainable Agriculture. I recently mused on the fact that conservation is not enough. We need to also focus on restoration and rehabilitation of nature too. So I was delighted to read over at The Guardian about an incredible success story in restoring degraded and deforested land in the Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia.

Abrha Weatsbha in the Tigray region is unrecognisable and an environmental catastrophe has been averted following the planting of many millions of tree and bush seedlings. Wells that were dry have been recharged, the soil is in better shape, fruit trees grow in the valleys and the hillsides are green again.

The “re-greening” of the area, achieved in just a few years for little cost by farming communities working together to close off large areas to animals, save water and replant trees, is now to be replicated across one sixth of Ethiopia – an area the size of England and Wales. The most ambitious attempt yet to reduce soil erosion, increase food security and adapt to climate change is expected to vastly increase the amount of food grown in one of the most drought- and famine-prone areas of the world.
Working together, farming communities have already “regreened” vast areas on the hillsides of Tigray by planting seedlings, restricting grazing and building terraces and walls to hold back soil erosion. Chris Reij, a researcher with the World Resources Institute, told the paper that 224,000 hectares of land have been restored so far.
Even cooler than that, though, is news that Ethiopia pledged at the New York Climate Summit to restore 15m hectares of degraded land by 2030, as part of a pledge involving many nations including Uganda, Chile, Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This is good stuff. But we must do more. From flood-stricken Yorkshire villages restoring their hillsides to an Indian engineer planting mini-forests everywhere, there are countless stories out there of people coming together to promote positive, regenerative interaction between humans and nature.
Tigray Trailer
Let’s get to work.
For more on the incredible work done in Tigray so far, check out this trailer for a forthcoming documentary called Ethiopia Rising, by 1080 Film & Television, the same people who created The Man Who Stopped the Desert.
Sami Grover is a writer, and Creative Director at The Change Creation, a brand creation agency that works with entities who make the world better, fairer or truer. Clients include Larry’s Beans, Burt’s Bees, Canaan Fair Trade and Jada Pinkett Smith/Overbrook Entertainment.
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