National Learning Alliance Ethiopia
There is a need to link the high rates of population growth in rural areas with the consequent demand to increase productivity to improve food security – all while conserving or enhancing natural resources, raising farm incomes and creating employment opportunities. Ethiopia’s Green Growth policy also gives recognition to the importance of environmental sustainability. Policies, strategies and programmes have been initiated to transform the country’s agricultural sector, but as an evaluation of the GTPII indicates, the capacity to implement them at different levels remains a challenge.
In Ethiopia the NLA was launched in March 2017. The following thematic learning areas of policy and investment interest will be explored in Ethiopia over the next three years:
Theme: Trade offs
The Environment and Climate Research Centre at the Ethiopian Development Research institute together with Stockholm Environment institute (SEI) are working in Tigray region to inform understanding of the trade-offs between increasing livestock production and environmental damage. By analysing livestock value chains to collect evidence, the researchers will develop a decision making tool to help livestock value chain actors understand and ultimately manage these trade-offs.
NLA members are exploring how the gains made by the Government of Ethiopia in regenerating and rehabilitating degraded lands can be translated into livelihood benefits for the rural communities. The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Environmental studies at Addis Ababa University are working with stakeholders in Ziway woreda in East Showa zone of the Oromia region to analyse the challenges faced by land-users. They are using inclusive participatory processes to identify and increase the use of context-appropriate SAI innovations through evidence generation, multi-scale trade-off analysis, and the development of innovative evidence-based tools for stakeholder engagement and decision making.
Theme: Access to services
The national extension strategy identifies ICTs as a crucial challenge and opportunity for extension services. Mekelle University with Bioversity International are designing and implementing new digitally-supported information services that will enable agricultural service providers to offer context-specific services that meet the needs of farmers to implement SAI practices. Decision makers and investors will have evidence that will enable them to target information, technology and markets according to farmer’s capacity.
The Oxford Policy Management leads this research project in collaboration with the international Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Wollo University and the Amhara Agricultural Research Institute they are assessing risk factors for Teff producing farmers in participating in SAI. The project is being implemented in Tewledere woreda in Southern Wollo of the Amhara region and establish seed funds with local cooperatives to ensure a sustainable supply of quality seed to increase productivity and meet market demand.