NEWS FROM THE WATERSHED

The three-year project “Reducing land degradation and farmers’ vulnerability to climate change in the highland dry areas of north-western Ethiopia,” funded by the Austrian Development Agency, came to a close in June 2016.

The three-year project “Reducing land degradation and farmers’ vulnerability to climate change in the highland dry areas of north-western Ethiopia,” funded by the Austrian Development Agency, is coming to a close in June 2016.

Awarded goats in community-based breeding program

A recent targeted engagement with stakeholders showcased the many interventions and results of Rainfed Watershed Management Project, successfully putting them on path for district-wide scaling out in the Gonder Zuria District.

Women building mirt stoves in Gumara-Maksegnit

An estimated 98 percent of the population in Ethiopia uses solid fuels for cooking, with 85 percent using wood and 7.4 percent using dung. Like many countries around the world, Ethiopian women carry most of the burden of collecting firewood and gathering and drying cow dung for fuel.

Resource poor farmers in marginal environments have few options in crop production and lack access to new technologies. Farmer knowledge of, and access to, improved varieties is low in these areas.

In the real world, how can we aim for gender equity?

Women farmers are primary role players in Ethiopia's agriculture, accounting for up to 75 percent of labor on family farms in the country. But FAO studies show they typically produce up to 35 percent less than male farmers.

The GIS maps clearly show erosion hotspots in the Gumara-Maksegnit watershed

In an approach that brings together a range of soil and erosion data, ICARDA worked with national collaborators to create maps highlighting erosion hotspot areas in the Gumara-Maksegnit watershed.

Working with rural communities in the Gumara-Maksegnit watershed in Ethiopia, ICARDA and national partners recently carried out a study of changes in land use from 1986 to 2007.