Globally recognised for its humanitarian disasters, the cycle of poverty in Ethiopia has become even more difficult to escape in recent decades.
Now, as Ethiopia’s population steadily grows, increased pressure to already degraded land is threatening to force Ethiopia into further crises.
On the ground we have helped establish four community nurseries in the southwest, along with a further twenty community nurseries in the centre of the country. These nurseries secure the distribution of approximately 260,000 seedlings each rainy season, providing a pivotal role in nurturing specially selected trees that will repair and nourish eroded soils and landscapes, creating future lands ripe for sustainable farming.
In addition to the growing of trees, organisations are consistently involved in training individuals and groups in agroforestry, nursery management, sustainable farming and land use practices.
Look to Western Central Ethiopia and the innovative Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union set up a partnership with our grassroots project leaders, driving a programme that led to over 250,000 community members being involved in the planting of trees.
The initial success of this vehicle led on to a commitment from municipalities to address rising issues of poverty, which has in turn improved productivity in a further three communities in Northern Ethiopia.