Farmer-led Agroforestry Innovation in Ethiopia: Improving livelihoods and food security by utilising Acacia saligna
Aim: Integrated Agroforestry Systems (IAFS) can contribute immensely to food security in Ethiopia. Yet the potential for IAFS remains unrealized, whilst agricultural productivity becomes increasingly precarious from over-clearing, overgrazing, variable rainfall and landscape degradation. Recent research in northern Ethiopia identified Acacia saligna as a candidate to increase local IAFS productivity. In addition to its landscape restoration qualities, Acacia saligna is a unique multipurpose treecrop.
This project aims to better incorporate Acacia saligna into IAFS to significantly enhance the income and food security of Ethiopian farmers.
Objective: General objective is to improve livelihoods and food security in Ethiopia by utilising Acacia saligna through farmer-led agroforestry innovation.
Method: Through action-oriented research, key community stakeholders will identify barriers to actualizing Acacia saligna benefits; informing extension and value-chains. Researchers and students will work with farmer-led research groups, utilising existing stands to identify optimal Acacia saligna provenances, management regimes and feed formulations.
Dutch policy goal: Increased sustainable agricultural production.
Duration: February 2016 – February 2019