This initiative aimed to reduce land degradation and strengthen the climate resilience of smallholder farmers in the Amhara region of Ethiopia through the development, evaluation, and demonstration of improved and sustainable land, water, crop and livestock management practices. Its holistic approach and multiple interventions reflected the complexity of the challenges facing smallholder farmers and the diverse livelihood strategies that rural communities pursue: crop production, raising livestock, and alternative income-generating opportunities.

Research activities and outputs:

  • Testing and promoting improved agricultural practices
  • Running a watershed monitoring infrastructure for three years to produce data needed to feed sophisticated hydrological and bio-economic system models
  • Gathering new insights on climate change adaptation strategies and farmer perceptions of new technologies and practices
  • Introducing energy efficient stoves to improve natural resource management, reduce women’s drudgery, and improve family health conditions
  • Providing capacity strengthening opportunities – for researchers, students, and farmers.


Research activities generated new scientific knowledge to help inform future research and development initiatives in the Amhara region. Outputs can be accessed here



Scientific publications


Students supervised

Over 20 Improved agricultural practices tested and evaluated


years of hydrological data produced

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