Nuru Ethiopia

Nuru Partners with Georgetown University Students to Research Impact of Climate Shocks

Nuru Ethiopia Partners with Health[e]Foundation to Bridge Health’s Digital Divide

Last year, Nuru Ethiopia launched a partnership with Health[e]Foundation. Together, these organizations are committed to ending preventable maternal and child mortality in southern Ethiopia by bridging the digital divide. Through this partnership, Nuru Ethiopia and Health[e]Foundation expanded their opportunities for supporting expectant women by enhancing the capacity of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) through blended learning.

Mung Bean Cultivation Building Community Climate Resilience in Rural Ethiopia

Local leaders are vital to successful interventions in rural communities, as they can implement programming that is responsive to the local needs of farmers. Nuru Ethiopia introduced mung bean to its smallholder farmers living in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia in 2018-2019. The intention was to diversify crop production, increase

Nuru Ethiopia Sustains Impact for Farmers

Nuru Ethiopia has continued to support its farmers in achieving impact amid countless challenges, including a drought and other climate-related shocks, inflation, conflict, and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. As Nuru Ethiopia has scaled to new areas and grown to serve more farmers and their families–now serving over 100,000 people in total–it has been increasingly

Nuru Collective Gathers for Annual Virtual Summit

The Nuru Collective came together once again for its annual virtual summit on January 23-24, 2023. This event brought together over fifty collective team members from around the world for a time of reflection, celebration, and planning for the year ahead.   During the Nuru Collective Summit, each locally-led organization shared their successes, their challenges, and

Hidota Union Supports Farmer Resilience and Food Security

Nuru Ethiopia established Hidota Union in July 2016. Hidota brings together farmer cooperatives and their smallholder farmer members with the goal of giving them a voice within the local food system and ensuring they have the resources needed to thrive. Since 2016, Hidota has more than tripled its membership, now serving more than 11,000 smallholder

The Nuru Collective Releases 2021 Annual Report

We are pleased to share the 2021 Nuru Collective Annual Report with you. During 2021, amid an ongoing pandemic, Nuru witnessed farmers building their resiliency, leaders rising to meet challenges, and barriers being broken down for the most marginalized.  Farmers earned more.  In 2021, Nuru farmers made nearly 75% more money than they did in

Abiy Meshesha Accepted Into CALA Advanced Leadership Program

We are excited to announce that Nuru Ethiopia Managing Director Abiy Meshesha has been accepted into the Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) Advanced Leadership Program. With this prestigious honor, Abiy joins the ranks with 80 other agriculture sector leaders from eight African countries and is recognized as a “food security champion” (CALA).  What

International Women’s Day: How Women in Leadership #BreakTheBias at Nuru

This International Women’s Day, Nuru joins the global community in imagining a gender equal world. To celebrate the progress being made toward this bright future, we invited three creative, brilliant, and world-changing women of Nuru to share about how they #BreakTheBias every day as women in leadership.    Pauline Wambeti believes in “not waiting for

COVID-19, Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Nuru’s Response

As global coronavirus cases continue to rise and tense economic debates fill the news and social media echo-chambers I would like to thank you for taking a moment to consider the impacts COVID-19 and a global recession will have on another continent (or maybe it hits closer to home). As my colleague and friend, Tom

Desert Locusts: How will farmers be impacted?

The Desert Locust The most expansive outbreak of desert locusts in decades is currently migrating across the Horn of Africa and reaching north into South Sudan and south into Tanzania. Massive desert locust swarms have occurred in 1926-34, 1940-48, 1949-63, 1967-69 and 1986-89 and in some cases have been transcontinental in nature. However, this outbreak

On-farm Livelihood Diversification for Rural Ethiopia

Workenesh Nekeri is a Nuru woman farmer, mother, and a member of Shambara Primary Cooperative in SNNPR, Ethiopia. She and her husband became members of the multipurpose cooperative by paying 100 ETB each, about $6 USD, for their ownership shares in the business. They paid for these shares with income from their primary on-farm business

Nuru Partners to Build Sustainable Farmer Organizations

At Nuru, a self-sustaining farmer organization is a locally-owned and maintained agribusiness, non-profit, or cooperative that is financially sustainable, managed efficiently by its leadership, and provides socio-economic benefits to its community. At its core, this component of the Nuru model focuses on engaging and collaborating with community members to build transformative institutions that can provide

Championing Behavior Change in Agriculture

Today I’d like to dive in a bit to describe how behavior change plays a role in our work. Impact begins with behavior change. Community-level behavior change begins with innovators. Innovators are those ready to take action and be a driving force in their community. Denknesh Abro is one of those innovators ( pictured center

Reflections on Expatriate Exit from Nuru Ethiopia in 2018

Expatriate Exit in Ethiopia Right now, the air is abuzz with opportunity in Ethiopia. Across the country there is talk of reform and change and new ideals upon which governance and growth can be built. It is too early to know what will happen long term, but 2018 has brought a palpable energy and hope