Kawdaya Kululo is an agricultural expert with a diploma in plants science who decided to develop his own garden on his family land. Kawdaya lives in Debana village, Konso district which is 15 km far from Karat, capital of Konso, 500 km far from country capital Addis to the south. He started his garden on a 2000 m2 plot belonging to his father where he is growing herbs, banana, coffee and fruit trees (papaya, mango, mexican apple, cotton and pigeon pea). He is also cultivating vegetables using his agriculture background focusing on composting and mulching. The major water source for his garden is rainwater and roof water that he has started to collect in a 100 litre plastic container provided by Slow Food support. He is married and his wife is also assisting him on the garden. He also owns sheep and he feeds them from his garden, using their manure to improve the soil fertility by using it as mulch and compost. The garden produce is mostly for family consumption and at some stage they share the surplus with the community by selling at the local market for a sociable price.
Debana Village, Konso district