Project Profile

Research in Africa

Reducing land degradation and carbon loss from Ethiopia's soils to strengthen livelihoods and resilience

Duration : November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2022
(Extended to October 31, 2023)

"Using several case study areas in Ethiopia, this project aims to improve the design of measures to combat land degradation to enhance local benefits, particularly to marginal population groups, in ways which are seen as equitable and just by the community. The project will develop recommendations for improving frameworks to planning land degradation measures that are better aligned to communities' aspirations and values. The project will develop and apply frameworks for the analysis of equity within the case study areas to design specific interventions to - Train and provide access to exclosures to selected eligible landless youth and women to enable them to undertake new productive activities in beekeeping or livestock management. - Demonstrate and train local farmers in simple measures to address gully formation Through a range of participatory, communication, and survey methods the project will explore - the impact of the interventions on the participants in terms of their attitudes, changes in behaviour, livelihoods etc - the influence of process characteristics, power relationships and communication practices on people's responses to these interventions - what worked/what didn't, how it compared to expectations - the impact of the changing knowledge and experience of the interventions on wider attitudes and community preferences for local natural resource governance."

Location(s): Ethiopia
Project Contact: Bori, Wolde Mekuria
Donor(s): UK Research Council
Research Collaborator(s) : Aberdeen University,