Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia

by WeForest
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia
Forest landscape restoration in Northern Ethiopia

Project Report | Apr 6, 2022
Incomes increasing - and great survival rates!

By Vienna Leigh | Communications Manager at WeForest

During 2021, we had planned to provide materials or stock for income-generating schemes to 1443 households in Tigray. Owing to the war and the resulting mobility restrictions and market closures, we were able to support only 46% of the households - but the good news is that the income that families are receiving from our livelihood improvement packages is increasing! 

Baseline data is collected from a minimum of 10% of the participants to monitor the impact of the schemes, and in 2021 this data was collected from a sample of participants who had been involved since 2018. Households who have achieved sales are receiving an average income up to 9315.49 ETB (about $207US) from poultry and sheep per year and 6550 ETB ($146US) from beekeeping! 

This very promising start is already a great boost in a region where the daily income is below US$1.9 per day for more than half of the families. Not only that, but individuals who started 2018 are getting more income in 2021 than those who started in 2019 and 2020, indicating that the income they got is increasing over time. This could be mainly from the increase in technical efficiency and marketable stock size.

Over in Amhara, as the project begins its scaling up in West Gojjam province (Jabi-Tehnan district), we’re continuing to monitor the planting that was done in the first phase in Machakel (East Gojjam). Vegetation inventories and household surveys of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 were conducted, and survival rate was determined based on the permanent plots established in each respective year.

The target was to obtain a 80% seedling survival rate after 3 years for both communal and agroforestry areas. On communal restoration sites the result revealed an average survival rate of 92.8%! The inventory showed a higher survival rate of exotic species compared to indigenous species, with an average survival rate of 95.6% for exotic and 91.1% for indigenous species. The highest survival rate (98.5%) was registered for Acacia decurrens and the lowest (88.6%) – still high! – was for Faidherbia albida seedlings.

On agroforestry sites, the average survival rate of seedlings was 95.1%. The survival rate of native cash crop Rhamnus prinoides was highest (97%), followed by Olea europea (95.7%). Survival rates of 95.2%, 89.6%, 88.2%, and 86.9% were recorded for Coffea arabica, Cordia africana, Carica papaya and Sesbania sesban respectively.

These fantastic survival rates can be attributed to quality seedling production (healthy and vigorous), careful species selection for the local agro-ecological conditions, the suitability of the restoration sites, well-timed planting, good planting techniques and good seedling care, both during transportation and handling and on the sites after planting by protection from weeds and grazing.

Thank you for helping to make all this possible!

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Location: Brussels - Belgium
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Louise Tideman
Brussels , Brussels Belgium
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