Building haystack in Ethiopia
Stacking oats on the farm of Eshete Girma in the central Shewa region of Ethiopia north of Addis Ababa. The oats are being brought in from the fields on donkeys, then stacked with the grain to the inside of the stack so that it will dry and be protected from rain, before it is threshed.
Building the stacks is actually a quick affair, taking on half an hour or so. Seen on top of the stack is Eshete's son and farmer Girma Regassa, directing the operations and building he final cap on the stack.
The oat variety is an old locally adapted variety called Avena Vaviloviana, named after the famed Russion seed saver N.I. Vavilov who traveled this region in the 1920's doing research and collecting seeds.
- ©Jim Richardson
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