I've just returned from Ethiopia, and was making many conclusions related to this new blog! More will follow on the dreadful circle of firewood collection, rampant animals, more and more goats ... but meanwhile:
"Regreening initiatives are striving to combat or even reverse land degradation in the arid Sahelian region of Africa. This tactic is reaching significant scale, with benefits not only to the environment, but also for agricultural production and the livelihoods of rural people. Tony Rinaudo, World Vision’s natural resource management advisor in Australia, and wife Liz (also with World Vision) discuss one such project in Humbo, Ethiopia. They are travelling in East Africa for three months (March-May) to stimulate the regeneration of forests and farmland using Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration.
Ethiopia – once a land of beautiful forests is now largely characterised by denuded mountains, cavernous eroded gullies and richly soiled fields traversed by smaller channels. From the top of many hills, the landscape appears deeply scarred.
Humbo in southern Ethiopia is an area which has been racked by famine, which resulted in communities receiving food aid year after year."
Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research