In Ethiopia’s Central Rift Valley, communities rely on the land and forests for food and income. But over 90,000 hectares of forests are being cut down across Ethiopia every year. To make matters worse, around two billion tonnes of fertile soil is lost in the country each year.
As a result, huge areas of land are no longer able to support plant life, and farming is becoming impossible. Eroded soil then flows down the Meki River into the nearby Lake Ziway, causing it to dry up as it fills with silt.
Our project worked to provide people with the tools and training they need to process and sell tree products like shea butter and soap. We are also supporting people to improve their dietary diversity through the distribution of nutritious fruit trees, like mango and papaya.
Local people are growing trees and learning soil and water conservation methods that will help them restore and protect the land and trees, for years to come. With access to fuel-saving stoves, people will also be able to reduce the amount of fuel they need to cook with.
During this project, we worked with 868 enterprise group members to provide tools and training to process and sell tree products. They learned techniques which will help them to restore degraded land. Over 8,000 fruit trees were distributed too.
We supported people to grow more than 200,000 trees and restore 390 hectares of land which is now under sustainable management. 2,775 fuel-saving stoves are now in use, helping to reduce the amount of fuel used for cooking.
The Dugda-Meki project has been running since June 2017, thanks to funding from RPS. With additional funding from IDH, we have been able to extend the project and support even more people. We are working with Vison of Community Development Association (VoDCA) to implement this project.