A new brief by the World Agroforestry Centre analyses what farmers in the highlands of Ethiopia currently know about ecosystem processes and the interactions between trees, crops and livestock. The aim is to use this information to guide interventions that will build more intensive and climate-resilient systems.
The brief is the result of the Africa RISING ‘Early Win’ project on ‘Sustainable tree–crop–livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy initiative’ led by the World Agroforestry Centre.
Among the recommendations is to ensure that the valuable knowledge held within farming communities is taken into account when designing local interventions for sustainable intensification.
The Africa RISING program comprises three linked research-for-development projects, funded by the USAID Feed the Future Initiative, and aiming to sustainably intensify mixed farming systems in West Africa (Southern Mali and Northern Ghana), the Ethiopian Highlands and East and Southern Africa (Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi).
To produce some short-term outputs and to support the longer term objectives of the projects, in 2012 Africa RISING funded several small, short-term projects in each of the regions. More information.