Community Based Rehabilitation of Degraded Land through fruit trees
Community Based Rehabilitation of Degraded Land through fruit trees
Embaderho and Adibidel are villages within Maekel Regional Administration. They are located within 30 km around Asmara, the capital. Maekel region landscape is on the highland plateau and lies within the range of 1,600 – 2,610 meters above sea level with annual rainfall range of 400-600mm. People’s livelihood depends on crops and livestock.
Dwellers of these villages have major land degradation challenges. Soil erosion during the rainy season is tremendous and thus flash floods form gullies in their farmlands. This reduces the size of existing farmland. Soil fertility is totally depleted and crop harvest is very poor.
People’s ability to grow enough to feed themselves is determined by the weather. Short or long term fluctuations in weather patterns can have extreme impact on agriculture production, slashing crop yield and forcing farmers to adopt new agricultural practices in response to altered conditions. Climate, therefore, has a direct impact on agriculture and thereby on food security.
Climate change over the long term could affect agriculture in a number of ways, the majority of which would threaten food security for vulnerable people.
Trees play a vital role in terrestrial ecosystems and forests provide a wide range products and services to the rural and urban people that live in and around them. When forests are cleared for development or agriculture, the benefits they provide can be sustained by incorporating trees into the agricultural systems and landscapes that replace them. This practice is called Agroforestry. It is a sustainable land use practice utilized around the world since the earliest human development.
The overall goal of this project is contribute to the rehabilitation of degraded land in the region and ensure improved and sustainable community livelihood through improving soil conditions and planting of temperate fruits.
This project is about Land Degradation Rehabilitation through Afforestation of Temperate Fruits and SWC activities. This will address land degradation problem with the introduction agro-forestry of temperate fruits. Feasible approaches of area closure and building the capacity of local actors will be conducted to better enhance livelihood options. This is 18 months project (January 2013 to June 2014) targeting a total population of 2,608 households or 11,735 people.
The major components of the project are:
? Building the capacities of local environmental actors,
? Construction of physical soil and water conservation works,
? Digging of pits and planting of temperate fruits.
Total area of the project site is 30 ha of land, of which the slope of landscape is 15-30 degree which is reserved for agro- forestry projects.
The project targets all the 9,000 persons (2,000 households) in awareness raising and afforestation activities, however, capacity building on SWC works and temperate fruit production is targeted to selected villages Embaderho and Adibidel of Maekel Region.
The project needs a total of Nakfa 2,246,078.00 or USD 149,738.50
? Contribution of GEF/ SGP is USD 50,000.00
? Temperate Fruits Community Development contribution including the local government, Branch Ministry of Agriculture and Branch Ministry of Land, Water and Environment is in-kind and is estimated at USD 99,738.50
The Temperate Fruits Development Community mobilizes the community on ground and takes lead in the degraded land rehabilitation project by forming its own environmental vanguards in the form of 2 groups. The local government, Branch Ministry of Land, Water, and Environment and Branch Ministry of Agriculture includes labor, administrative support and technical backstopping respectively.
Hence, its impacts are eco-friendly that will sustain after the project life. The contribution made by different stakeholders especially by the community and local government reinforces the widely held conviction of project sustainability. Moreover, the project will support the target community to raise at least 50,000 locally adaptable and multi-purpose seedlings annually so that they distribute to the community on cost recovery modality.
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 99,738.50
Project Number:
Project Terminated Before Completion
Number of CBOs / NGOs formed or registered through the SGP project 6
Hectares of degraded land rest 30
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 2000

Grantee Contact

Phone: 291-7-131886


Asmara , Maekel ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Freweini Negash
Mr. Alemseged Moges


Hday street
Asmara, East Africa, 5366