An estimated 10,000 households make a living out of cultivating various kinds of vegetables along rivers and their tributaries in Addis Ababa and environs. In addition,
some 4,000 hectares of land have been enclosed for the purpose of farming activities, mostly vegetables.
A six-month report from the Addis Ababa City Administration
reveals that close to 3,000 growers reaped 2,468 tons of vegetables from 340 hectares of land. However, there is a downside to
The vegetables that are being consumed every day in Addis Ababa are grown on land potentially contaminated with polluted rivers. Studies conducted by
Addis Ababa University in collaboration with the Addis Ababa City Government Rivers, Riversides Development and Climate Change Adaptation Project
Office indicate that rivers are polluted with industrial and domestic waste.