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 research was framed within an integrated watershed management approach and was conducted in synergy with the WLE-funded activity “Combating land degradation and improving productivity through integrated watershed management, monitoring, and community participation”.
The project held its final workshop on June 20-21 at Jacaranda Hotel, in Bahir Dar. During the workshop, the partners (ICARDA, ARARI, and BOKU) presented the main project results and outcomes. The farmers involved in field activities were also invited to share their opinions about the project achievements, particularly regarding the out-scaling potential of the technologies developed. Four of the farmers actively participated in all sessions, facilitated by language translation provided by the researchers of GARC (Gondar Agricultural Research Center), the main local project implementation partner. Invited guests from both national and international institutions including CIAT and ICRISAT, WLRC, FAO, GIZ, and Tottori University also shared their experience and enriched the discussions.
During the second day, a working group session and a final panel discussion allowed to identify pathways and out-scaling that could help disseminating the project results, and promoted the establishment of collaboration strategies involving key research players in Ethiopia, notably ARARI and the different CGIAR Centers. All the participants had words of strong appreciation for the project achievements and supported the idea for future collaboration.