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Summer Work Program on the Path of Making Eritrea Green Again

Through the student summer work program, over 19 million holes dug, 23 million seedlings planted and 17,000 km of terraces has been made since the program inception in 1994.

BY MAKDA SOLOMON | SHABAIT

Statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture show that 30% of Eritrean land used to be covered by forest a century ago. Due to successive wars, frequent drought and other factors those thick forests were reduced to 1% coverage over the years.

In order to restore the natural vegetation the government of Eritrea launched summer work programs (Maetot) in 1994, in which students are deployed in different parts of the country to participate in afforestation activities that include planting trees and water and soil conservation. Continue reading Summer Work Program on the Path of Making Eritrea Green Again