Sustainable grazing options for enhancing accelerated scaling ups and impacts of agroforestry innovations in Ethiopia
The culture of livestock free grazing has been practiced for long time in Ethiopia. However, the livestock free grazing has been posing a major threat on agroforestry because the livestock has been freely grazing trees and crop residues on farm which led to deforestation, soil degradation, and nutrient depletion and environmental degradation, at large. Hence, the free grazing contributed to low adoption and scaling up of agroforestry in the country. This, in turn, led to declining overall agricultural production systems. To address these challenges, the Ethiopian government developed and implemented several rural development strategies and programmes which aimed to restrict free grazing practices and to improve tree-croplivestock production systems.