"Agriculture is the Backbone of our Nation"



"Today, we also accept as an undenied and undeniable part of modern Ethiopian life the principle that a man's ultimate worth is determined by his ability and his achievements. Let us, from the greatest to the least, take pride in the performance of the tasks and duties assigned to us, whether or not we believe them worthy of our talents, whether we labour silent and alone, or in the crowd and illuminated by the glaring light of public opinion. The reward for the job well done is not in the recognition of others, nor in public praise. Neither is it to be measured solely by the monetary return earned by the workman. It comes, rather, in the inner satisfaction that accompanies the knowledge that the work accomplished represents the best of which we are capable.” H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I

Haile Selassie Foundation, incorporating Shiriki Community Based Organization, is an organized nation of volunteers from the four corners of the world who have set aside personal distractions to commit to a higher course of serving humanity and creation at large.

Recognizing Afrika as the cradle of civilization, and a land of abundance in terms of human and natural resources, we have set out to work with the continent’s local communities to tap into these resources, utilizing and conserving for future generations.

Some of the ways in which we are doing this include setting up organic agriculture farms where people can participate and learn, using the arts, music, public education, media and other forums to re-educate the Afrikan population about sustainable natural living. 

We acknowledge the youth population as the vehicle through which Afrika’s aims of self-sufficiency and cultural independence can be realized. Seventy percent of the continent’s population is the youth. Should they be involved in the preservation, maintenance and continuance of traditional wisdom, as well as innovation of practical modern resource utilization methods, then Afrika will no longer stand inadequate in the eyes of world opinion. It will in fact be once again at the vanguard of the world’s moral and material progress. This is what we aspire to.

Our objective thus, is to involve the youth in agriculture, the natural prerequisite towards real and tangible development. Out of this involvement, the youth population will be directly engaged in providing and uplifting the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter. It will lessen their susceptibility to misuse and exploitation by politicians, churches, vampire industries and other devouring forces.

We are working to ensure that all, and especially the youth, grow to value, recognize and respect our diversity of traditional knowledge, food, language and culture, and the way we organize and express ourselves and at the same time rejecting technologies and practices that undercut our future food producing capacities, damage the environment, put our health at risk and create all forms of injustice.

This is to call on all discerning souls universally to step up and cooperate to contribute towards the path which will lead to a freer, cleaner and ultimately sustainable new world. It is a sight to behold.


  1. As it was in the beginning so it shall be in the end, and in your words, it is a sight to behold.

    Indeed, the youths need a platform to make life here on Mother Earth worthwhile. They need a platform to make them understand the value of LIFE for not only them, but for ALL of creation. Many thanks Shiriki for what you have done and continue to do. Jah works lead each time.

    Love and blessings in abundance. Haile I.

  2. Greetings. We are producing a web series for Live From Planet Earth (.org), and are currently scouting Afro/Indigenous rural agricultural households and communities around the globe that can serve as inspirational models for others working on returning to the lifestyle of the land. And we would like to know if you would be kind enough and willing to share information on any Afro/Indigenous rural farmers (especially those in/near tropical zones or growing year-round) that you know or meet whom we can contact about visiting and featuring? If you are a grower yourself, we would like to know if you are interested in being featured. We are most curious, initially, with 1) harvest schedule and 2) a list of produce grown on the land, in order to plan our travel and video production ahead of time. Give thanks.

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