In Ethiopia, the Gonji Kololah micro-watershed in the Banja district had been severely degraded. Grasslands were overgrazed and denuded with deep gullies caused by soil erosion so that livestock could not cross them. 🌍 For the community of 299 households, mainly livestock farmers, this degradation was an economic catastrophe. Women walked up to 15 km to fetch water, and cooking was done using wood, which had bad respiratory effects.
The GCCA+ project has supported the rehabilitation of the Gonji Kololah hillsides, providing training to the community to enrich the forest at the top of the hill which today is densely planted with 10-15 meter trees. 🌴
Water pumps installed by the project have improved the lives of women who no longer had to walk for miles. Fuel-efficient cook stoves have reduced foraging for wood and smoke in houses. 🔥 The villagers also produce poultry and chicken and eggs are on the menu. Crops have been diversified and include fruit trees, while yields have improved across the board.
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