Free community labour: critical to Ethiopia’s drive to restore land and improve livelihoods
Farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia have provided huge amounts of time and labour, free of charge, and coordinated the mass movements needed to sustainably manage Ethiopia’s landscapes. They have also significantly altered their practices through mastering land-conservation techniques, such as farmer-managed natural regeneration, reduced tillage, intercropping, hillside exclosure (also known as ‘social fencing’), agroforestry intensification, and on-farm water management.
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