Population Explosion Ethiopia's Plans to Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide

Ethiopia's population has tripled over the past few decades. Millions of farmers are leaving the fields only to end up living in the slums of huge cities. City planners believe they have found a solution -- in the remote countryside.
Von Rainer Müller
Workers on a construction site in the model town of Buranest in Ethiopia

Workers on a construction site in the model town of Buranest in Ethiopia

Foto: Bente Stachowske
Urban planner Zegeye Cherenet in the lab at Addis Ababa University

Urban planner Zegeye Cherenet in the lab at Addis Ababa University

Foto: Bente Stachowske
Photo Gallery: A New House in Buranest
Foto: Bente Stachowske
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Photo Gallery: A New House in Buranest

A mango tree plantation and a garden are also part of the Nestown project. Here, people learn how to tend to the trees, plant vegetables and make various products out of the fruit and vegetables.

A mango tree plantation and a garden are also part of the Nestown project. Here, people learn how to tend to the trees, plant vegetables and make various products out of the fruit and vegetables.

Foto: Bente Stachowske
The tree nursery is also part of the project. People from the region work here and raise the trees that are to be planted in Buranest.

The tree nursery is also part of the project. People from the region work here and raise the trees that are to be planted in Buranest.

Foto: Bente Stachowske
The market place and training center are both part of the Nestown project.

The market place and training center are both part of the Nestown project.

Foto: Bente Stachowske