posted on 9 Jan, 2017
GFA wins KfW-financed Sustainable Land Management II project in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of the Sub-Saharan Africa countries most seriously affected by land degradation, a major cause for low and declining agricultural productivity. Therefore, the KfW-financed Sustainable Land Management (SLM) II project starting in January 2017 focuses on integrated and participatory watershed development and management at the grassroots level. Its ultimate objective is to reduce land degradation and increase agricultural productivity. This is expected to decrease food insecurity while increasing economic benefits. A project launch and handover from SLM I have taken place in November 2016 but related activities will start early this year.
The consulting services of GFA will focus on supporting the Sustainable Land Management Program (SLMP) coordination unit, the three regional Bureaus of Agriculture and the district administration (woreda). This will encompass financial management and adequate quality and sustainability management and the general supervision of supported investment activities in the field. In addition the GFA team will set up ICT-based monitoring for financial and physical achievements in line with the SLMP logical framework and monitoring system. Towards the finalization of SLM II when project support phases out, GFA will also safeguard a smooth handover of watershed management systems to relevant communities.
The Ethiopian government has been operating SLMP in the context of its Strategic Investment Framework (ESIF), various aspects of which have been covered by different donors and coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The German government has supported a number of related projects since 2004. In 2011, both governments signed an agreement to support SLMP implementation in 23 woredas in the Oromia (7), Amhara (10) and Tigray (6) regions through financial and technical assistance. During the first phase, 13.3 million euros were paid in financial support, and another 10 million Euros are added in the current phase.
by Eva Naefe