Photo of the Week: Partnering to Protect Water Resources

March 22, 2013

by

On World Water Day, TechnoServe recognizes that water is central to everything we do.

Children gather water from the Kolla River in Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone, one of Ethiopia’s best-known coffee-growing areas. Sidama is home to more than 300 wet mills that process and wash coffee beans. These wet mills produce wastewater, some of which returns to the Kolla untreated, impacting the quality and safety of the water for those downstream.

In partnership with Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee and its Brown Gold brand, TechnoServe is working with wet mill operators along the Kolla River to implement a low-cost, sustainable approach to water treatment – vetiver grass wetlands. TechnoServe and Mother Parkers hope the vetiver wetlands can become a model for the area, and eventually the entire country.

On World Water Day, TechnoServe recognizes that water is central to everything we do. Learn more about our work in Ethiopia.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Small Fields, Big Harvests

Small Fields, Big Harvests

After struggling to make ends meet, Tabitha Muthoni has realized her full potential as a successful farm owner and business person with support from the Mavuno Zaidi Program in Kenya.

Small Businesses Fighting Hunger

Small Businesses Fighting Hunger

Pauline Kamau’s milling business has undergone a transformation, and is now part of a greater movement to curb malnutrition in African communities.

Video: William Warshauer on Sustainable Value Chains

Video: William Warshauer on Sustainable Value Chains

TechnoServe’s President and CEO talks with Devex about the key elements of creating commercially viable, sustainable supply chains.