INBAR project staff co-organised a three-day ‘Training of trainers’ session in Ethiopia as part of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme.
27 November 2020 – Between 18 to 21 November, INBAR and the Ethiopia Environment Forest Climate Change Commission (EEFCCC) organised a training session with 53 participants in Addis Ababa. Trainees, who were all from EEFCCC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR), learned how to manage bamboo nurseries, propagate and harvest bamboo, and made a visit to one of Ethiopia’s larger bamboo industries, SA Bamboo PLC Addis Ababa.
At the opening of the training session, H.E. Ato Kebede Yimam, Deputy Commissioner of EEFCCC, made some opening remarks. He stressed the importance of bamboo for helping Ethiopia meet its land restoration commitments, including the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative and the Bonn Challenge, as evidenced by the development of a 10-year national Bamboo Strategy and Action Plan with INBAR’s support. HE. Mr. Yimam said that EEFCCC plans to plant 20,000 hectares of bamboo between 2020 and 2021, but meeting this goal requires proper planting materials and capacity-building – hence the importance of training sessions like this one.
According to training participant Ato Abebe Seifu, the training exceeded their expectations; they believed it was a step forward to helping both EEFCCC and MoANR to push forward Ethiopia’s Bamboo Strategy and Action Plan.
The second phase of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme continues its work to promote knowledge-sharing and training between two major bamboo economies, China and the Netherlands, and three countries in East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. While East Africa boasts abundant bamboo resources – Ethiopia alone has an estimated 1.5 million hectares, according to a 2018 INBAR assessment – they are currently underutilised, and there is a lack of capacity and training to plant, manage and produce value-added products from bamboo.
According to Selim Reza, Programme Manager, “Promoting bamboo plantations is always challenging, because of the lack of available quality planting materials which are delivered on time and reasonable rates.” Training sessions such as this one help “to build the capacity of local human resources, so they can scale up activities in a sustainable manner.”
Find out more about the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme here.