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LIVES/IWMI participates at Ethio-Earth Day Celebrations

Dr. amare explaining about the WFD for the guest of honors and other participants

Dr Amare Hailessilassie showcasing Wetting Front Detector (WFD) to Mr. Taye Tulu, guest of honor and delegate from MoA and Dr. Mitslal Kifleyesus, President of Ecological Products of Ethiopia (ECOPIA) at the Ethio Earth Day Expo (Photo Credit: ILRI\Dessalegn Tadesse)

The second annual Ethio Earth Day was celebrated on June 6 -7, 2015 at the  Tropical Garden in Addis Ababa. It was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and EcoRemedy Publicity and Communications PLC. Mr. Taye Tulu, guest of honor and delegate of H.E. Sileshi Getahun, State Minister, Ministry of Agriculture Ethiopia and Dr. Mitslal Kifleyesus, President of Ecological Products of Ethiopia (ECOPIA) and Chairman of the Ethiopian Earth Day inaugurated the Expo that was organized with the theme green life style.

The Livestock and irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES)/International Water Management Institute (IWMI) took part at the expo. To create awareness and sensitization among the wider public, LIVES/ IWMI displayed and circulated working papers, production manuals and other publications. Furthermore, new technologies that have been introduced to smallholders through LIVES/IWMI have been displayed. Bio-gas technology, solar pump and Wetting Front Detector (WFD) were among the technologies that attracted the attention of visitors mainly of university students and researchers. These technologies will support Ethiopia build a green economy that utilize resources sustainably in line with the country’s green plan and vision, the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) and the national environmental policy.

Dessalegn Tadesse (Communication and Uptake Officer IWMI) responding to questions on the activities of LIVE-IWMI at the annual 2nd Earth Day, June 6th 2015

Participants at the LIVES/IWMI stand at the 2nd Ethio Earth Day Expo , June 6th, 2015 at Tropical Garden

During the expo, the Ethiopian soil campaign 2015 was launched with the theme Healthy Soils for Healthy Life. The campaign will be held throughout the year with a range of activities and events. The campaign is aimed at raising public awareness and collaboration for healthy soils and lives in Ethiopia.

In general, the expo was aimed at bringing the green movement to the public and stress on environmental issues to assure the wellbeing of our planet in general and Ethiopia in particular. More than 50 Private companies, small and medium enterprises, local and international NGOs and governmental offices took part at the expo. These include Ministry of Water Irrigation & Energy (MoWIE), Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Amerf Health Africa in Ethiopia, Rang Solar, EcoGreen, Hope University College, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) Ethiopia and Eden Field Agri-Seed Enterprise.

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