Ethiopian practices bring returns on massive investments in soil and water management

With significant advances on restoring degraded landscapes, and new policies on soil strategies and water technology, cross-sectoral and cross-scale approaches are showing results in Ethiopia. And this has exciting potential for other developing countries.

CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and partners have supported research, capacity strengthening and policy engagement to help Ethiopia deliver more sustainable soil and water management.

Across Ethiopia, the rugged and degraded landscapes, the struggle for sufficient irrigation, and the enormity of environmental deterioration are clearly visible. The country has over 70 million hectares of arable land, and only 12 million hectares are under cultivation. WLE estimates the cost of soil degradation to Ethiopia at $4.3 billion annually. CIAT/WLE research has demonstrated that…