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Mahlet Fasil
As a host of a one hour radio show, “Timeless Classics”, on Sheger FM 102.1, every Saturday afternoon at 6 pm, the bassist Henock Temesgen plays popular old tunes from Willie Nelson to The Temptations, form Bob Dylan to The Jackson Five. For those listeners who prefer standard Jazz and the likes of John Coltrane or Miles Davis, he has yet another show on the same station on Sunday mornings. He is among the organizers of the Acacia Jazz Festival held annually in Addis Abeba to showcase some of the finest talents in the making of Ethio-Jazz. He is a co-founder of Jazzamba Music School, an institute dedicated to bring the next generation of Jazz musicians. And of course he plays bass guitar with different bands. A graduate of Berkeley Henock Temesgen has music running in his veins.

Close to five million children risk going hungry as the result of a worsening food crisis in Ethiopia brought on by a severe drought across normally green and productive regions – making this natural disaster the worst in recent history, warns Save the Children.

Three hundred and fifty thousand children are already severely malnourished, which if left untreated, can cause stunting, physical and mental delays in their development, or death.

Land degradation worldwide costs an estimated US$10.6 trillion every year and presents a huge challenge to future global food security. In sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia, soil nutrient-depletion is directly related, where fertilizer use and agricultural productivity rates are the lowest in the world. Many African countries use little or no potash fertilizers, which are crucial for balanced fertilization and sustainable cropping systems.