|The team would like to acknowledge
farmers in the study areas who, after being asked for their experiences,
were willing to share their unique knowledge of plant lore during the field
research. Without them this study would have been impossible. Special thanks
go to Ato Torayito Kussiya, Development Coordinator for Mekane Yesus Church
in Konso who was very helpful and spared a lot of his precious time. We
are also equally indebted to Ato Korra Gerra of the Konso Woreda Bureau
of Agriculture. Ato Asefa Nana of SOS Sahel in Kindo Koyisha Woreda (North
Omo Zone) also needs to be thanked for his assistance in guiding the researchers.
Finally, government staffs from Kamba, Damot Woyide, Humbo, Bako-Gazer
and Hamer-Bena Woredas who happily assisted the team also deserve appreciation.
We would like to specially thank Mrs.
Anna Barnett and the Ethiopian Venture Project for their valuable input
and additions to this field guide.
We are grateful to Prof. Ensermu Kelbessa
and Prof. Sebsebe Demissew of the National Herbarium at Addis Ababa University
for the identification and taxonomic classification of the collected species
from the different sample sites.
Much appreciation goes to Mr. Jim Borton,
Technical Coordinator and Mr. Mark Bidder, Deputy Coordinator of the UN-Emergencies
Unit for Ethiopia for their persistent follow-up, their encouraging advice
and for editing of parts of the present field guide.