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Bees and silkworms spin gold for Ethiopia’s rural youth

 IPS 23 May 2019

Beekeeping and silkworm farming have a long history of providing food, jobs and income in Ethiopia. But a new scheme will open the growing sectors up to a new generation. IPS learns how funding from the MasterCard Foundation is encouraging more young people to launch and grow their own sustainable enterprises in beekeeping and silk farming, and how this will in turn benefit local communities. (783 Words) - By Munyaradzi Makoni


Mulunesh Ena is part of an existing project supported by icipe, working with five other women in her community near Arba Minch to raise silkworms. She then sells the cocoons to a large cooperative in Arba Minch where she earns 70-100 Ethiopian birr per KG. Credit: Brendan Bannon, The MasterCard Foundation/IPS

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