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.

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.

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.