We work every day to restore the health of Tigray’s natural resources and production landscapes so that rural communities can develop, and live food secure and prosperous lives. Our long experience demonstrates that by helping rural communities to better manage their natural resources and improve land productivity, they can produce more on a sustainable basis, generate living incomes from their farms, and gradually overcome poverty.
It is currently estimated that up to half of all arable land in Tigray is moderately to severely eroded changing once cultivable lands into barren wastelands. Soil erosion is said to be occurring at a rate of 30-70 tons per hectare each year, while vegetation cover is thought to be as low as 2-3 per cent and will deteriorate further if management practices are not changed. As land degradation intensifies the negative impacts of drought, productivity decline will worsen. The World Bank has estimated that a 2.2 per cent fall in productivity has occurred each year since 1985 mostly due to soil erosion.