Low Input Sustainable Agriculture in the Rift Valley Central Ethiopia
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Sponsored by the University Partnership in Co-operation and Development (UPCD) Tier 2 of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

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  Ethiopia has the third lowest GNP per capita in the world and shortfall in food, even though agriculture plays a significant role in the country's economy. Currently farmers have difficulty growing crops sufficient for themselves and their income level is extremely low. Better management of soil resources will alleviate rural poverty substantially.

Goals of the project:

The goals of the project are to enhance the capacity of Ethiopians to contribute to sustainable land use in South Central Ethiopia by:

  1. upgrading human resources of three agricultural training, research and service institutions (Awassa College of Agriculture, Awassa Agricultural Research Center, and the National Soil Research Laboratory) in Ethiopia,
  2. addressing the land degradation problems such as erosion, salinity, soil quality loss, and provide research experience for scientists and extension specialists,
  3. establishing a framework for continuing collaboration amongst four partner institutions (three Ethiopians and the U. of S) in the research for innovative and environmentally sustainable technologies, which are compatible with local conditions in order to increase food production of drylands.

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Low Input Sustainable Agriculture in the Rift Valley,Central Ethiopia.
UPCD, Tier 2 Project 098 / 547074-139