In Machakel in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, the local community is at the heart of the forest restoration project.
Indigenous trees are planted on community land, gullies and river banks, and fruit and timber trees are planted on farms.
Villagers learn new skills and share these with other people in the surrounding villages. This enables the entire community to start protecting and restoring their own forests.
Why and how we’re working here
With 85% of Ethiopia’s population engaged in agriculture, the level of deforestation for crops for firewood or charcoal is extreme, causing extensive soil erosion and the formation of gullies. Local people now struggle to grow crops and raise livestock. Our focus is to reverse this trend and ensure alternative sources of fuel, shelter and income.
The project's impact on
Fruit and timber trees planted on community land, gullies, river banks and farmland, apiculture, and brick and fodder production diversify income streams in ways that ease pressure on the surrounding forest. We prefer to engage women and youths throughout our project activities whenever possible, in order to ensure that the most vulnerable among the communities are benefiting directly.