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Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs15
  • SDGs2
  • SDGs13
Prof.
TSUNEKAWA Atsushi
(Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University)
Research Institutions in Japan Tottori University
Research Institutions in Ethiopia Bahir Dar University
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
General Description of the Research Project This project aims to develop a next-generation Sustainable Land Management (SLM) framework that can contribute for a significant reduction of soil erosion, improvement of land productivity and livelihood in Ethiopia. Sustainable Land Management has been widely implemented throughout the world as a response to desertification/land degradation, but there are issues about its effectiveness and sustainability. Specifically, in the research sites to be established in three contrasting environments (highland, midland, and lowland) of the Upper Blue Nile River basin of Ethiopia, there is extremely high soil erosion risk that affects downstream countries as well. This project will (1) develop effective technologies for soil erosion reduction, (2) develop technologies that can integrate the mixed crop-livestock farming system to improve land productivity of three main land use systems, and (3) link this improved technologies to improvement of the people’s livelihoods. Finally, it will formulate the SLM technologies and approaches that have been developed, and propose a next-generation SLM framework (Ethiopian model). After the completion of this project, we aim to expand it to the Blue Nile River Basin areas and other drylands of the world.
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