Botanica Ethiopia

On the wireless: Herbs, health and biodiversity

Our very own Lizzie d’Avigdor spoke on Ethiopian radio recently about her research, biodiversity and the development of the Botanica Ethiopia project in Fiche. From household gardens to a flourishing community ‘pharmacy’ of medicinal herbs, hear how a… Read More

All abuzz in Fiche

Seated against the rammed-earth walls of Werkalemahu and Banchi’s home, we’re handed a plate of thick yellow honey with chunks of dabo bread straight from the fire. “Enebela (Let’s eat)!” says Werkalemahu. “This is the purest, from the… Read More

Honey and herbs: How Etse Fewus are working for a sweet future in Fiche

Some time ago, the Etse Fewus cooperative put to us the idea of bringing bees to their medicinal herb garden in Fiche. A healthy swarm could help pollinate the herbs, they said, and provide an important extra source… Read More

Fiche in January

A snapshot of our visit to the beautiful Etse Fewus (healing herbs) garden earlier this year … A living pharmacy in Fiche — Botanica Ethiopia, 2015 from May Slater on Vimeo.

Herbs to Market

In February, the Rift plateau country around Fiche town is coloured with red aloe flowers and eucalypts. It was market Sunday, and after meeting Gule and Emayu for a raw meat lunch, we left the spices, tuktuks and… Read More

Fiche community making the most of new land

Etse-Fewus (Healing Herbs) Association members  are combining their resources to get the most out of land they were given by the Fiche local government last year. During a recent visit, committee members told Botanica Ethiopia they plan to… Read More

Interview with Tessema Bekele

In this interview in Addis Ababa in February this year, Tessema Bekele, Executive Director of Ethiopian NGO the Emmanuel Development Association (see the blog post “An interview with an extraordinary Ethiopian“) tells Kristin Gomes from Botanica Ethiopia about… Read More

Lions, tigers and Ethiopian riches

This month, Oxfam launched its GROW campaign with a new report on food security. The campaign is for a world without hunger and the report shows how our global food system is failing the very poorest. “Hunger is… Read More