Teff farm

Teff farm

Unexpected scenery

You may be forgiven for thinking that the video above was filmed in a different country. The bright green fields and trees can’t possibly be Ethiopia. Well they are! Many people think about pictures of drought when Ethiopia is mentioned. But such images are only a small part of this huge country.

Addisu and Habtam are in Mojo town, 70 kilometres from Addis Ababa. This region is far away from the dry and desolate south-east of Ethiopia, which was recently struck by drought.

Addisu and Habtam have come to visit a teff farmer. Teff is an important part of Ethiopian agriculture. It is grown in the northern Ethiopian highlands and is native to Ethiopia.

The teff is used to make injera, the staple food of the country. Ethiopians don’t just eat injera every now and then. They eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Addisu cannot believe the tiny grains from the teff grass make the dough used for injera, a large pancake-style food.

Farmers home

Farmers home

Addisu and Habtam have never thought about how injera is produced. They are only used to eating it.

A sustainable lifestyle

Addisu and Habtam feel humbled to meet the farmer and interview him about his life. Many farmers employ traditional methods of farming, using cows to till their fields. They feed their families with the teff crop, but also sell any spare to the local community.