Soil loss in Ethiopia is an expensive problem, adding up to more than US$100 million every year. The country is locked in a cycle of land degradation and poverty, costing it not just money, but soil and crop harvests as well.
“It may not mean much for a farmer that soil erosion in Ethiopia’s highlands reaches over 130 tons per hectare every year,” said Lulseged Tamene, CIAT soil scientist in Ethiopia. “Farmers understand better if they can see interventions in the landscape – what erosion means in terms of yield loss, what the major drivers are and how to solve them.”
An article in the CIAT annual report 2015-2016 explains how the Integrated Landscape Management component of the project is generating data to advise communities about better land and water management practices, to protect the whole landscape.