Branching out: Supporting the study of traditional herbs in Northwestern Ethiopia

Some great news to emerge from last year is that Botanica Ethiopia has had the opportunity to further support traditional medicine knowledge and practice in Ethiopia. We are delighted to announce that we are helping to fund two students at Debre Markos University (DMU) to conduct research in a new location in Northwestern Ethiopia.  

The University, under its Haddis Alemayehu Institute of Cultural Studies, has launched a ten-year mega project on Medicinal Plants of Northwest Ethiopia.  The Institute indicated that it would like to incorporate aspects of the Botanica Ethiopia Fiche project into their new research investigating the status of medicinal herb plants and associated knowledge.

Last year I was contacted by Professor Zemede Asfaw of Addis Ababa University (AAU) to introduce me to his colleagues Dr. Alemayehu Kefalew (Principal Investigator of the Biodiversity and Propagation Research Team) and Dr. Haimanot Retta (Officer of Indigenous Knowledge Research) at Debra Markos University. Highly respected in his long tenure at AAU, Professor Zemede has always been very supportive of the aims of Botanica Ethiopia and was instrumental in guiding the original project work in Fiche.  

Dr. Alemayehu approached Botanica Ethiopia with a proposal that we support two Masters of Science students working on ethnomedicine in the project areas, including ethnbobotanical surveys.  Andualem Demilie and Yihun Egus were the successful applicants, now being supervised by Alemayehu, Haimanot and myself.

We are delighted to do this and become project partners, in collaboration with the Global Development Group, and we look forward to following the progress and outcomes of the research work.

Elizabeth d’Avigdor

Setting out on survey

Andualem with respondents in the marketplace
Andualem at work in the field
Sharing knowledge with Yihun
Yihun pressing samples for identification

3 Comments on “Branching out: Supporting the study of traditional herbs in Northwestern Ethiopia

  1. My Name Teshome Degfie. I am a PhD candidate in the field of Natural product chemistry at Adama Science and Technology University. I am working my PhD on Isolation of bioactive biomolecules and analysis of the biological activity of some traditional medicinal plants selected from the Ethiopian flora.
    I want to join this group to share experiences so that I can make my own contribution.

    • Hi Teshome, thank you for contacting us. Your work is so important for the future of traditional herbal medicine globally. As this particular project is under the guidance of Debre Markos University then it would be best to contact them directly to discuss, however Botanic Ethiopia is always grateful for learned contributions and ideas to put out there to the general public as a means of informing, and letting people know what is being achieved. Please keep us updated with your work.

  2. Thank you dear Lizzie!

    On Fri, 26 Nov 2021, 12:26 pm Botanica Ethiopia, wrote:

    > lizziedavigdor posted: ” Some great news to emerge from last year is that > Botanica Ethiopia has had the opportunity to further support traditional > medicine knowledge and practice in Ethiopia. We are delighted to announce > that we are helping to fund two students at Debre Markos U” >

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