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The people of Umbulo Wacho
Rainfall Monitoring in Ethiopia- A Participatory approach
In June 2003 a request was recieved from Debub University Awassa to advise on the setting up of a participatory raingauage network in Awassa (Umbulo Wacho). The raingauges were to be monitored by the farmers, and the project was financed by Development Corporation Ireland. The raingauges were installed in March 2005 and further raingauges were installed in project areas in Tigray (Begasheka, and Debra Kidan) and Gurage (Beresa) in June 2004. In 2005 checks were made to see how the rainfall monitoring was progressing.
Map of project area locations
Training was given to farmers which included how to read the raingauge
and record the reading. This included what to do if they missed a reading
or spilt water from the gauge (Figure 4). It was agreed that readings
should be taken when the farmers woke up rather than at 9.00 am because
the farmers might be feeding animals or working in the fields at that
time. Farmers were also urged to train other members of their families
in case they were away.
Farmer training in Umbulo
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