Project partners

ANCEDA (Arsi Nature Conservation and Environmental  Development Association) is a Ethiopian NGO, based Arsi Negelle town. ANCEDA’s vision is to assist communities in sustainable development of their environment and livelihoods. Projects focus on development of fuel saving stoves, ecotourism stimulation, re-greening arid zones and good farmer practices. As part of the latter mention theme ANCEDA will facilitate the development of energy efficient and climate friendly stonemeal fertilizer in Arsi Negelle, Shashamanne, Kore and Shalla district, southern part of Oromiya region. This year ANCEDA will establish and monitor stonenmeal trials with farmers in Turge and National Park Abyatta Shalla; as well as with pupils / students at schools and colleges.
Sustainable Environment and Development Action (SEDA), is an Ethiopian resident charity, established and engaged in environmental protection, livelihood enhancement and community development for about two decades in the drought prone and famine affected areas of Ethiopian Central Rift Valley. SEDA’s major areas of operation during the last decade mainly focus on developing sustainable agriculture, social services, off-farm income generation and community capacity building. This year SEDA facilitates the stonemeal project, to assess the beneficial impact it can have on the farmers living in Adamitullu Jiddo Kombolcha, Dugda, Bora and Ziway Dugda district, which are located north of the districts in which ANCEDA is active.
HoA-REC/N (Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network) is a regional organization in the Horn of Africa, based at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. It facilitates, strengthens and advocates for initiatives related to environmental conservation and natural resource management. From the seven thematic areas; one is being dedicated special to management of the Central Rift Valley. Regarding Sustainable Management of lake Ziway the focus is on maintaining the water quality. Excess fertilizer use by large horticultural companies, as well as smallholder farmers are increasing nutrient levels in the lake, being as well the only drinking water supply to residents of Ziway town. HoA-REC/N will assess the use ability of zeolite rock dust to reduce fertilizer use by farmers along the lake side.
RCWDO contributes to sustainable improvement in quality of life of the marginalized people in the Central Rift Valley. The organization is educating children, working on the empowerment of women, raising awareness on environmental issues, planting and nursing tree seedlings and is regulating the use of water. As part of the farming programs this cropping season it will start stonemeal trials with farmers in vicinity of Ziway town.
Getaw Mekonnen Mixed Farm is a business established in Rema village Amhare Regional State. Mr. Getaw Mekonnen Cherinet, leading the company, and being international investor, has a 185 hectare farm in his ancestors village. The focus of his farm activities is on (I) producing bulk amount of sorghum and teff for the residents in the Rema area  and (II) testing of new crops, such as groundnuts, onions and herbs, to enrich the food pattern of the people. Due to its isolated location, chemical fertilizers are not used, and also organic fertilization is under-used, as crop residues are used to feed cattle, and cattle manure is used for cooking. For the next 2 years local fertilizer sources – basalt rock, compost and biofertilizer – will be tested for nutrient delivery potential. According to the result smallholder farmers in the area will be trained, to improve yields and family income.
Alterra, being part of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), is leading institute in research to sustainable agriculture and soil management. In this project Alterra will provide advise on the primary requirements of the soils in the project area’s. This will be done by analyzing the soil samples, as taken prior to project start. During the 4-years of project Alterra will be involved as consultant to establish demonstration plot layout, analyze the impact of the applied fertilizer, and their beneficial and/or potential negative impacts. Key researchers of Alterra involved are Dr. Rene Rietra, Soil Chemist, and Dr. Christy van Beek, specialized in tropical agriculture and soil fertility.
  greenSand is an initiative of The Olivine Group, and established by Eddy Wynker. greenSand’s mission, as the name says, evolves around the green mineral olivine, which is to stimulate the use of olivine in the industrial, agricultural and environmental sector. Doing this, it achieves its mission of compensating world CO2 emissions. Furthermore, greenSand stimulates global use of olivine, by using 20% of the profits of its companies in its greenSand foundation. Parts of these profits are invested in using olivine and serpentine minerals in the Gimbi site of this project. Doing so, greenSand contributes to balancing atmospheric CO2 levels; and as well contributes to smallholders farmers well-being.
  
Impulsis is a joint program for Dutch small scale development projects. Development aid organizations, such as ICCO, Edukans and Kerk in Actie, support over 15,000 private foundations, small scale NGOs and other civil society organizations all over the world. Support is provided by co-financing projects and helps improve the quality of the support of these organizations. For this project, assisting smallholder farmers to increase their yields and income, Impulsis provides financial support, as well as advise on sustainability of the project by  ownership creating, linking up to local partners.