Sunday, March 27, 2016
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 3/27/2016 08:20:00 AM
(Reuters) - An Ethiopian state body that has been involved in leasing tracts of land for commercial farming has suspended the issuance of new licences until it completes a review because of scant progress in developing areas leased so far, an official said.
The Horn of Africa country in 2011 allocated 3.6 million hectares of land, close to the size of Switzerland, for firms seeking to invest in agriculture, mostly around its western Gambela and Benishangul Gumuz regions.
More than 2.43 million hectares has been leased to nearly 5,700 domestic and foreign firms at 20 Ethiopian birr ($0.90) per hectare on average, said Daniel Zenebe, spokesman for the Agriculture Investment and Land Administration Agency.
But investors have only developed 30 percent of the land leased. "There is a need for a review on where it has gone wrong. The suspension is indefinite," he said.
For now, the suspension affects the Agriculture Investment and Land Administration Agency, which has leased 476,000 hectares since it was set up in 2013, he said.
But he added that regional authorities, which were responsible for leasing 1.95 million hectares, were expected to suspend such activity soon.
Addis Ababa said leasing land aimed to introduce modern technology and new farming techniques. But the programme has attracted criticism from rights groups, saying it often hurt the environment or led to forced resettlemment of some locals.
"The policy's aim is to boost production, foster the transfer of technology, as well as increase foreign currency earnings from exports," Daniel said. "But we clearly have an execution problem."
Read more at Reuters
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 3/27/2016 08:01:00 AM
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 3/27/2016 07:42:00 AM
The Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) has been deliberating an important high level international conference in the Eritrean capital, Asmara for last several days.
|Kala Betana Hotesso, chairman of SNLF, Photo from Gadaa.net|
PAFD, founded and inaugurated on 23 October, 2015 in Oslo, Norway, is comprised of five armed national liberation movements – Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF), Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambela People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), all of whom are engaged in national liberation struggles against the Addis Ababa regime in Ethiopia.
The conference, being convened and participated by all founding members of PAFD, is also attended by various dignitaries, including ambassadors, government representatives and high profile eminent persons. The Ogaden News Agency has confirmed that the primary objective of the meeting is to create a General Council, an Executive Committee, and comprehensive strategy and plan of action for the Alliance.
The leaderships of the founding fronts – Admiral Mohamed O. Osman, chairman of ONLF; Daud Ibsa, chairman of OLF; Betana Hotesso, chairman of SNLF; Abdulwahab Mahdi, chairman of BPLM; and Okello Okidi, chairman of GPLM, all converged at the strategically located Horn of Africa country to lead and preside over the Alliance’s efforts to create an effective, efficient, cohesive and objective framework for the grand movement.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 3/25/2016 08:34:00 AM
On World Water Day, we highlight coffee farming communities in Ethiopia that are taking action for clean water.
To provide for his five children, farmer Belayneh Otisso relies on the income he earns supplying coffee to his local cooperative’s wet mill. But he could see the environmental damage caused by the mill every harvest season, when it would send noxious wastewater into the neighboring river. “When the animals drank from [the river], they died. The children of the community were stricken with waterborne illnesses. When the wastewater was used for irrigation, the crops were destroyed,” he said. The wet mill would have to shut down for a week or two at a time when the pollution was at its worst, driving down the price that local farmers received for their coffee.
It’s a problem that has been shared by many coffee-farming communities in Ethiopia. Wet mills, which separate the coffee bean from the cherry that surrounds it, produce a consistent, high-quality product, allowing the cooperatives or companies that operate them to offer farmers higher prices. However, older wet mills use large volumes of water to process coffee, and then that water – filled with decaying organic material stripped from the coffee beans – often overflows the lagoons where it is stored, pouring into neighboring rivers. The wet mill owners have been faced with a difficult dilemma: operate the mills and degrade the community members’ quality of life, or shut down the mills and threaten community members’ livelihoods?
Fortunately, there is a solution that allows wet mills to operate without polluting the rivers. Since 2012, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee and TechnoServe have partnered on the Water Wise Coffee Initiative to protect the rivers of Ethiopia’s Sidama coffee region. The project works with wet mill owners to implement an innovative solution to their wastewater problems. With support from TechnoServe advisors, wet mill operators and workers learn how to monitor and reduce their water usage, separate the coffee pulp from the wastewater, and plant vetiver grass wetlands. The wastewater is then absorbed by the vetiver grass or evaporates harmlessly in a shallow pool, while the coffee pulp is composted and distributed to farmers as organic fertilizer.
The program has helped 49 wet mills along the Kola, Malebo and nearby rivers to implement these solutions. In 2015, participating wet mills processed 13,812 metric tons of coffee cherry and converted coffee pulp into over 2,400 metric tons of compost, which will be distributed to farmers. Testing downriver from wet mill sites has shown that the Water Wise approach restores rivers to their pre-harvest condition.
That’s the case in Belanyeh’s community. After constructing a vetiver grassland, reducing water usage, and composting the coffee pulp, the local wet mill has been able to run throughout the harvest season without polluting the local river. Community members can once again use the river for washing, watering their animals, irrigating their crops and other daily activities. “The vetiver wetland has made a real difference in so many ways,” Belanyeh said.- See more at: http://www.technoserve.org/blog/clean-rivers-and-profitable-farms-in-ethiopias-coffee-country#sthash.pK5Ec0jh.dpuf
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 3/25/2016 08:23:00 AM
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 3/06/2016 10:31:00 AM
Sidama people have their concept of Seera, which gives them a feeling of identity strong moral commitment, and culturally defined ability to debate conflicts and create consensus. In cultural morality and ethics of Sidama society, truth has great value and justice procedure treat through Halaale/truth principles through analyze by Hayyo/logical reasoning. This could be a strong asset for building a democracy. Among them, Sidama people gather at Gudumale/gathering place and at Mote/chief before Cimeessa/elder; the truth never gets dried up, rather it continues strong and viable. The justice of Sidama/conflicts resolution mechanism is taken place with four levels of councils that deliberate and decide on matters of societal affairs which show the democratic nature of the system. It includes in ascending from lower to high: Olluu Songo (the lowest unit of elders council), Ayidu Songo (medium level council) and Garote Songo (the highest council of elders). These levels of Songo have legitimate authority to deal on different issues and pass decisions applicable in their respective jurisdictions. The role of Songo in the traditional authority is highly capitalized in its exercise of power and authority in mitigating the issue of conflicts. All kinds of conflicts management activities are based on concept of “Halaale”/supreme truth. The core function of the political and administrative system is managing and solving conflicts peacefully between and among the members of the community. The Sidama people`s traditional judiciary system is highly surprising. The strength of this judiciary system lies in bringing together the participation of much reconciliation (Araarsa) between the parties in conflict. The hearing is conducted in a calm manner and deep insight to the cases under discussion. The hearing is performed by local elders, especially by prominent leaders in the shade of an aged tree. It is hearing that is founded on search for truth and justice. The place where tribunal sits is called Gudumale. The Gudumale are structured in hierarchical chain of power. The cases submitted to the tribunal are dealt with depending on their magnitude. The plaintiff or the complaining part presents his case to the tribunal /Songo. After hearing to the case the elders begin the examination and analysis of the case by saying “Affini” which means «Have you heard» and calculate the case among the members of the tribunal. It is discussed thoroughly by valuing every ideas, comments and suggestions forwarded by the members of the tribunal. Then the truth starts to shine in this filtering process. With this, the tribunal begins to step-by-step move to process of forgoing judgment. After the judgment is passed in this way, if there is any party dissatisfied by the judgments, such a party may submit its appeal against the judgments to the next higher Gudumale/assembling place. However, this right is granted only if the elders believe that case is tough enough to call for an appeal. For meeting more time elders uses ancestors burial arias due to these places were believe as safe and respected; in order to truth never gets dried up. At some places ancestor burial areas and Gudumale/meeting places are separated. The“Gudumales”/ Songo places such as Xumano, Bunamo, and Gadira in Shabadino Woreda, Burxe in Bansa Woreda, Wonkano in Gorchee Woreda, Shiisho in Dara Woreda Bera in Dale Woreda, Garamba in Harbegona Woreda, Manicho in Malga Woreda, are the ideal places to visit cultural justice of the Sidama people. Sidama Zone department of tourism and all Ethiopian tour operators can arrange your tour.
Source: From Social media- Toursim Sidama Facebook
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 3/05/2016 01:23:00 AM
(ኤፍ.ቢ.ሲ) የኢትዮጵያ ፕሪሚየር ሊግ የ13ኛ ሳምንት ዛሬ በተደረጉ ሁለት ጨዋታዎች ተጀምሯል።
ሁለቱም ጨዋታዎች በክልል የተደረጉ ሲሆን፥ እነዚህም ሀዋሳ እና ይርጋለም ላይ የተካሄዱት።
በዚህም መሰረት ዛሬ በ09፡00 ሰዓት ሀዋሳ ላይ ሀዋሳ ከተማ ሊጉን በአንደኝነት የሚመራውን ቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስን በሜዳው አስተናግዷል።
ጨዋታውንም ሀዋሳ ከተማ 2ለ1 በሆነ ውጤት አሸንፏል።
ለሀዋሳ ከተማ የማሸነፊያ ጎሎቹን ፍርደአወቅ ሲሳይ እና አስቻለው ግርማ ከመረብ ያሳረፉ ሲሆን፥ ቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስን በባዶ ከመውጣት የታደገችውን ጎል ደግሞ ደጉ ደበበ ከመረብ አሳርፏል።
በተመሳሳይ ዛሬ በ09፡00 ሰዓት ላይ በተደረገ ሌላ ጨዋታ ይርጋለም ላይ ሰዳማ ቡናን እና ዳሽን ቢራን አገናኝቷል።
ጨዋታውም 1ለ1 በሆነ የአቻ ውጤት የተጠናቀቀ ሲሆን፥ ለሲዳማ ቡና ኤሪክ ሙራንዳ እንዲሁም የተሸ ግዛው ደግሞ ለዳሸን ቢራ የአቻነት ጎሎቹን ከመረብ አሳርፈዋል።
የ13ኛ ሳምንት ቀሪ ጨዋታዎች እሁድ እና ማክሰኞ ቀጥሎ የሚደረጉ ሲሆን፥ እሁድ በ09፡00 ሰዓት በሚደረጉ ጨዋታዎች ድሬዳዋ ላይ ድሬዳዋ ከተማ ከአርባምንጭ ከተማን እንዲሁም ሆሳዕና ላይ ሀድያ ሆሳዕና ከደደቢት ጨዋታቸውን ያደርጋሉ።
እንዲሁም ማክሰኞ 09፡00 ሰዓት ላይ ወላይታ ድቻ ኢትዮጵያ ቡናን ቦዲቲ ላይ የሚያስተናግድ ሲሆን፥ በተመሳሳይ መከላከያ አዳማ ከተማን አዲስ አበባ ስታድየም ያስተናግዳል።
የኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ ከኤሌክትሪክ ደግሞ ጨዋታቸውን በ11፡30 አዲስ አበባ ስታድየም ጨዋታቸውን ያደርጋሉ።
ትናነት በተደረገ የኢትዮጵያ ፕሪምየርሊግ የ12ኛ ሳምንት የመጨረሻ ጨዋታ አዳማ ከተማ ኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክን ገጥሞ 3 ለ 2 በሆነ ውጤት ተሸንፏል።
በሌላ የፕሪሚየር ሊጉ መርሃ ግብር ኤሌክትሪክ ከወላይታ ድቻ በአዲስ አበባ ስታዲየም ያደረጉት ጨዋታ 1ለ1 በሆነ የአቻ ውጤት ተጠናቋል።
ፕሪምየር ሉጉን አንድ ቀሪ ጨዋታ የሚቀረው ቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ በ23 ነጥብ ሲመራ፣ አዳማ ከተማ በተመሳሳይ 23 ነጥብ በግብ ልዩነት 2ኛ ደረጃን ላይ ተቀምጧል።
ደደቢት በ22 ነጥብ 3ኛ ደረጃ ላይ ተቀምጧል።
ደደቢት በ22 ነጥብ 3ኛ ደረጃ ላይ ተቀምጧል።
ዳሸን ቢራ በ13 ነጥብ እንዲሁም ሀዲያ ሆሳዕና በ5 ነጥብ የወራጅ ቀጠና ውስጥ ይገኛሉ።