Henry McKean travels to Ethiopia to find out how putting money in the Trocaire Box makes a difference

By Henry McKean |

In the last of our Ethiopian series, looking at where the money in your Trocaire box goes, this week I meet farmers with no land and find out how bee keeping is helping them out of poverty. Like in Ireland the oldest son gets the farm and the rest of the children get nothing. Why do only men weave in Ethiopia? According to Programme Manager, Martina ODonoghue, weaving is considered to be a man’s job because you need strength and energy. Women would then take the scarves or sheets that the men weaved to the markets.

In this report I admit I do get scared of the killer bees because according to the bee keeper ‘If you are stung 10 times you could die, they are killer bees’ Trocaire are trying to think differently about how they can help poor farmers long term and making honey could really work. Honey is considered a luxury and sells for a high price at market helping farmers with no land make enough to feed their families and have a little left at the end for emergencies. In this report you hear lots of car horns and background noise since Ethiopia are celebrating the once rebel group’s foundation 40 years ago which now runs the government. I also get to see farmers grow coffee beans on coffee trees. We grind the coffee, roast it and then drink real Ethiopian fresh coffee. Last in the series. Luke Benson videos me freaking out at the bees. To help Trocaire download the Trocaire box app log onto Trocaire.org

(Video: Henry visits an Ethiopian beekeeping project)

Source: News Talk 106-108FM


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