Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ethiopian Highlanders unleash traditional practices on a modern land scourge

Below is repost of an article I recently authored for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems:

Ethiopia is committed to restoring 15 million hectares of degraded land by 2030

In just a couple of weeks, farmers in the Ethiopian Highlands will have finished their harvest. In January, they will then embark on what could be dubbed ‘the restoration season’. Because the harvest is over, farmers are relatively free during the next few months, which makes it a perfect time for restoring the unique landscapes they depend on for food and income.

Scientists and government officials are collaborating with communities to test out new approaches to reversing land degradation – methods that might have potential to change the status of the entire highlands region from vastly degraded to successfully restored. Read more.


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