Fruit trees and low-tech greenhouses help Ethiopian farmers fight hunger

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

In Gondar, in the Ethiopian highlands, smallholder farmers face serious challenges from climatic hazards, low agricultural productivity and harsh living conditions. Yet despite all of this, self reliance is still an attainable ambition in a country where, last year, 33 million people suffered from chronic hunger. Roots up is a non-profit which supports self-sufficient farming communities in the region by helping farmers implement simple, innovative, low-tech farming solutions that can reverse some of the damage done by incessant droughts and the use of expensive chemical fertilizers. Roots Up is currently crowdfunding a project to plant perennials, such as temperate fruit…

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