Climate-Smart Agriculture at an Ethiopian Farmers Training Center

Hey, I’m Rick Steves. I’m in Tigray, in the north of Ethiopia. I’m with Teddy. Hey, Teddy! Teddy, tell me what this is, here. What is the name of this center? Teddy: This is a Farmers Training Center. Rick: It’s a Farmers Training Center. So, this is a Farmers Training Center. And Ethiopia is divided into 18,000 kebeles. Teddy: Yeah, each kebele has its own Farmers Training Center. Rick: OK, and how many families in the kebele, normally? Teddy: It’s almost one thousand, two thousand. Rick: One thousand families. So, Ethiopia is divided into 18,000 little
units — about a thousand families per unit. Every kebele, or unit, has a Farmers Training Center. And Teddy is employed by the government to teach the farmers in this kebele how to farm smartly. And the big challenge is having climate-smart agriculture and reforestation projects, because climate change is hitting this area, and it
can all turn into a desert if they’re not smart about managing their land. So, they need to know what kind of crops to use, they need to control the water, they need to collect the water, because it comes all at the same time now, instead of gradually over the course of a year. So, they make a dam, and then they let the water out as they need it. But it’s impressive to think that Ethiopia
has a very strong, top-down sort of government, and they are mobilizing to help this country
take care of its soil and increase the yield and help the farmers stay on the land, and
grow the right crops, so they can diversify, and not be just subsistence farmers, but actually
be businessmen. And when you get a bigger yield out of the
same amount of land, it takes less of your land to feed your family, and you have more
crops, from diversification, that you can then sell on the market. Assuming you know how to take care of your
soil, and assuming you know how to control the water that now comes in torrents instead
of gently throughout the year. It’s development. It’s climate-smart agriculture. It’s progress.


  1. My lovely country Tigray Ethiopia,
    The Land of saints
    The land of heroes
    The land of history
    The land of cultures
    The land of civilizations
    Miss my country

  2. I think your videos are very popular in Europe. You are doing very informative things and it's amazing. I'm from Kazakhstan and I invite you to my favorite third city of Kazakhstan Shymkent. You can see a lot of useful things. Good luck!

  3. Omg, we love you Rick Steves❤❤❤,…and you went to my beloved country, ETHIOPIA!!!!!!!!
    Please, visit the other parts of Ethiopia, historic sites, churches of Lalibela, Fasiladas Palace, etc. You won't be disappointed! We love you so much, keep up the good work!!! God bless 💚💛❤

  4. All these years and they can’t figure it out themselves…
    The government teaching people to be businessmen…lol
    Send Bill and Hillary and they’ll fix Ethiopia like they robbed I mean fixed Haiti.
    The solution is private ownership and less government! 👊

  5. WOW Rick…Nice seeing you in Ethiopia, land of my Birth! You don't know it but you are practically my foster teacher. I practically grew up on your show on PBS, learning English and European History. As a kid growing up in California, I used to sit in front of our TV and write down, as fast as I could, everything you said (I MEAN EVERYTHING) on your shows! I would then look for the new words and make full sentences with them.That's how I built up my grammar and conversation skills. RICK, since you are usually doing your shows on Europe, I've always wondered how you'd present Ethiopia to the world-Can't wait to see your take on Ethiopia! WELCOME TO THE LAND OF 13 MONTHS OF SUNSHINE! WELCOME TO THE LAND OF ORIGINS!
    ሪክ (Rick) እንክዋን ወደ ኢትዮጵያ(Ethiopia) በደህና መጡ !

  6. If they give back the land to the people instead of keeping it under government ownership, then the problem of environmental degradation and lowered food production will be solved. The farmers don't voluntarily protect the land, because it isn't their land. The farmers do environmental work and land restoration work only when they are ordered by the government who is the land lord. When Russia abandoned government ownership of land and transferred it to private ownership, it now became the largest wheat exporter in the world. Private ownership of land is the solution.

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