Project information

Forests for Food

This project will improve the lives of poor families in the Basona Werana district of Ethiopia. Providing resource management training and planting 600,000 trees will replace lost tree cover, conserve soils and water and open up new opportunities for generating income through non-timber products.

April 2009 - March 2013

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  • Need

    Need

    With population growth and the need for more food and fuel, the land is cropped and grazed more intensively. Trees disappear from the landscape, even sacred areas around monasteries, and erosion degrades the soils. Fuelwood has become a scarce resource with an increasing cash value. Women and children must often travel long distances to collect what little remains. As a result crop residues and dung are being used for fuel rather than for soil improvement, leading to a cycle of land degradation.

    Solution

    This project will improve the lives of poor families by helping them to restore the environment they depend upon. Working with 3 Peasant Associations and 2 monasteries in the Basona Werana district, the project will replace lost tree cover, conserve soils and water and open up new opportunities for generating income. Local people will learn how to use trees to improve farm production as well as meeting their most immediate needs for fuel and food.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    tree planting to restore the degraded environment and meet household needs

    Activities

    » establish and equip nurseries in two communities and maintain one established nursery at Debre Birhan Teacher Training College.
    » provide training in nursery management and seedling production for 50 households.
    » establish 10 private tree nurseries.
    » produce 600,000 seedlings for planting on homesteads, private farms and degraded hillsides.

    Success will be the establishment of orchards, plantations and private tree nurseries to support the plans for tree planting.


    Aim 2

    community awareness raising and mobilisation

    Activities

    » training of key delegates from each Peasant Association on the potential for trees to support livelihoods and environmental security.
    » awareness raising through public gatherings in each community.
    » experience-sharing exchange visits for community members.
    » establishment of community committees to identify and manage degraded lands in each Peasant Association.

    Success will culminate in the establishment of community committees acting to identifiy and manage degraded lands in each Peasant Association area.


    Aim 3

    fuel saving stoves and composting for better land management

    Activities

    » promotion of compost production and recycling of crop residues for soil enrichment.
    » demonstration trial of fuel efficient stoves made from local materials in 10 households.
    » distribute and set up 500 fuel saving stoves in beneficiary households.

    Success will be the distribution of stoves and training to households and the uptake of composting animal dung and crop residues instead of using them as fuel.


    Aim 4

    promoting alternative income generation schemes

    Activities

    » in consultation with the communities, identify options for income diversification based on local natural resources.
    » technical training for 100 households to develop relevant skills and knowledge.
    » support for initiating and monitoring income generating activities.

    Success will be an improvement in income comparative to the socio-economic (baseline) survey that was conducted in 2009.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Providing resource management training and planting 600,000 trees will replace lost tree cover, conserve soils and water and open up new opportunities for generating income through non-timber products.

    Risk

    The survival and growth of tree seedlings planted out during adverse weather conditions could be a risk. This can be mitigated by training in the optimum time to plant out and the ongoing care required to ensure strong, healthy trees.

    Reporting

    A baseline survey will be conducted against which project impact will be assessed. A midterm project evaluation will be undertaken after 36 months to inform planning for the second phase of the project.
    Donors will receive twice yearly progress reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £160,097

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      Amount Heading Description
      £51,646 Orchards establishing orchards and plantations
      £12,870 Tree nurseries establishing private tree nurseries to support
      £9,763 Awareness community awareness raising and mobilisation
      £8,296 Stoves and compost fuel saving stoves and composting for better land management
      £12,053 Income generation promoting alternative income generation and project development
      £33,855 Monitoring and evaluation Monitoring and evaluation
      £17,205 Administration Administration and finance support
      £14,409 Fundraising TREE AID UK fundraising & donor reporting

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Monies already received £104,121 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The project is located in the Ethiopian highlands of Basona Werana. Poverty, driven by environmental degradation, is having a massive impact on the lives of these communities and traditional livelihoods are no longer viable. Many men of working age must leave the land to seek work in towns and cities.

    Beneficiaries

    The people of Basona Werana are of the Amhara ethnic group. Literacy rates are very low and few children are able to attend school. There is some livestock husbandry, but the main activity in the area is crop farming. Barley, corn, millet, sorghum and teff (similar to millet), along with beans, peppers, chick-peas and other vegetables are the most important crops. With such an immediate relationship with their environment their livelihoods are at serious risk as pressures on the land increased.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    At TREE AID, we know that tackling poverty and environmental protection are inseparable. We help villagers in the drylands of Africa unlock the potential of trees to break the cycle of environmental decline and poverty. We help create self-reliance for poor communities building not only their chances of survival but also their dignity and respect. We have a long-term proven track record of producing great results.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ethiopian Wildlife & Natural History Society

    As one of the largest NGOs in Ethiopia, and our project partner, they specialise in studying and promoting the natural environment in Ethiopia.

    Peasant Associations And Monasteries

    We will work with three Peasant Associations and two monasteries in the area as social focal points for communication and disseminating training.

£70

will transport 1000s of trees to remote villages

To me, the fuel saving stove is extremely good, as it saves not only fuel wood but also the time spent collecting fuel wood by travelling a long way

Etenesh Shewa