Purpose Land degradation due to soil erosion is a serious threat to the highlands of Ethiopia. Various soil and water conservation (SWC) strategies have been in use to tackle soil erosion. However, the effectiveness of SWC measures on runoff dynamics...
Water, Land & Ecosystems
ICARDA’s Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program supports the sustainable use of water and land resources through rainfed, irrigated, and agro-pastoral farming. The Program adopts an integrated approach to managing soil, land, and water resources.
Research explores strategies that maximize the in-situ storage of water in rainfed agriculture and rangelands through conservation interventions; improve on-farm water use and management for higher water and land productivity; and safely utilize wastewater in the production of feed and forage for livestock.
In addition, the Program’s scientists focus on improving the fertility and health of soil – and developing indicators that can help monitor changes in soil quality; and contribute to the restoration of degraded dry agro-pastoral ecosystems through landscape modification, including rainwater harvesting.