In the Wof Washa area, people struggle to get access to basic healthcare and education. There is limited access to safe drinking water, and many of the 14,000 families who live in the area are living in extreme poverty. People are dependent on trees and the land for food and income.
With deforestation occurring at an alarming rate, life has become a struggle for many people in the area. To make matters worse, heavy rains often lead to crop failure. This makes it harder for people to grow enough crops to eat and sell, and more people are forced to go hungry.
Over the five-year project, 93 enterprise groups were established and members increased their income by selling forest products like fruit and honey. This provided them with an alternative source of food and income when crops might fail, helping them to build resilience to the climate crisis.
11 forest management cooperatives were also established and are now managing over 6,000 hectares of forest. Their work protecting and restoring local forests has even been cited as an example by the Ethiopian government.
This project was made possible with funding from the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, the UK government, and the Darwin Initiative. We worked with SUNARMA to make this project a reality.