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IIED & ICRAF Seminar 27th Oct - Rural land use in Ethiopia

IIED /ICRAF Seminar - Rural land use in Ethiopia: towards increased productivity and climate change resilience and conservation

Date: Thursday October 27th, 16:00 – 17:30 (Tea, coffee and snacks will be available from 15:30)

Venue: The Meeting Place, IIED, 80-86 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH


Ethiopia has recently announced ambitious plans for “tree-based landscape restoration” under which 15m hectares of degraded land will be restored by 2030 and up to 54m ha in the longer term (almost half the total land area of the country).  Combining agroforestry in agricultural lands, woodlots and plantations, and restoration of natural woodlands and forests, this strategy aims to enhance the productivity of land, build resilience and mitigate climate change, and contribute to biodiversity conservation. At the same time domestic food demand in Ethiopia is rapidly increasing.  Compared to 2015, food demand will have increased by 50% by 2030 and nearly 200% by 2050.  How can Ethiopia achieve its ambitious land restoration targets whilst at the same time meeting this growing food demand?  This seminar will explore this challenge with a particular focus on the contribution of agroforestry.

  • Reconciling food production, forest conservation and landscape restoration ambitions in Ethiopia: challenges and opportunities.  Phil Franks, IIED
  • Transforming Forests, Landscapes and Livelihoods in Ethiopia through Climate Friendly, Productive, and Sustainable Landscape Restoration, Dr Kiros Hagdu, World Agroforestry Centr
  • Experiences of landscape restoration in once abandoned and highly degraded areas of Northern Ethiopia. Gebremichael Gidey, community leader