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Integrated Soil and Natural Resource Management

Project Food and income
Argobba -

Agriculture plays a vital role the livelihoods of rural population in Ethiopia. Extreme weather events during growing and harvesting seasons can cause serious damage to agriculture. Farmers’ production decisions like the allocation of farm inputs are influenced by such events.

Argobba is an area that suffers from chronic food shortages because of degraded farmlands and small land . The local economy is based on staple crops and livestock but constrained by drought and poor production. The main source of income is agriculture.

Argobba/Amhara Region
Thematic Area
Food and income
Project Period
01/03/2019 – 31/08/2020
Sustainable Development Goals
Zero Hunger

To enhance production and reduce drought risks, the integrated soil and natural resource project will implement watershed-based soil and water conservation. This also improves access to water for crop production and improves crop varieties.

Project objectives

The objective is to enhance food security and reduce vulnerability to adverse impacts of climate change, by integrating soil, crop, livestock and natural resource management practices. These include

  1. watershed based soil and water conservation
  2. improving access to water and improved crop varieties
  3. improving production and productivity of livestock
  4. introducing renewable energy sources for community use.

Beneficiaries and Results

  1. 3,411 HHs improved drought adaptation capacity through increased crop and vegetable production and increased feed availability during drought.
  2. 215 hectares of communal land rehabilitated, enriched and reforested with plants of environmental and economic value.
  3. Promoted biogas apparatus in selected households that will process waste materials and provide energy for households and organic manure (bio-slurry) to improve crop and feed production