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Our community-focused project – in collaboration with The Hunger Project – is growing and planting native trees species to restore community land, gullies, river banks and farmlands and planting fruit trees and cash crops in homesteads.

Its goal is to improve ecological function and services through integrated, community-based natural resources management, securing sustainable livelihoods and alleviating poverty in the Machakel district of Amhara’s East Gojjam zone. 

Conflict in northern Ethiopia has been ongoing since October 2020 and has caused a humanitarian crisis in the region. This affected everyone in our Ethiopia team and partners directly or indirectly yet despite the unrest, we have, incredibly, achieved our planned target. 12 sites in 7 villages covering 97 ha and almost 116 000 trees were regenerating by the end of 2021. 

This is the final phase of active restoration in Machakel, where 1215 ha has now been restored through the planting and regeneration of more than 2.4 million trees on degraded communal lands and in agroforestry areas on homesteads, well above our target of 1149 ha.

The programme in Amhara is now scaling up and expanding to ten times its current size in neighbouring West Gojjam province (Jabi-Tehnan district). Work at the local nursery to expand its capacity began in late 2021. 

COVID-19 continues to be a public risk in Ethiopia. The staff and target communities are taking all necessary measures to reduce the risk of infection.

This report shares an update of our progress during 2021. Thank you for all your support!