Agro-biodiversity for Ecosystem Service Restoration in Ethiopia
Land degradation affects the services ecosystems provide to society, and thereby compromise food security and reduced resilience to perturbations. This project sought to leverage the potential of plant agrobiodiversity to support the restoration of three degraded landscapes in the Ethiopian highlands. It examined how ecosystem services can help communities cope with the effects of soil degradation and climate change, while simultaneously improving health and nutrition and supporting more productive economies.
WLE's regional program in the Nile and East Africa Region (WLE Nile-East Africa) was a research-for-development initiative that sought to restore and bolster opportunities for increased agricultural productivity through key ecosystem services, especially in the resource poor areas of the region. WLE Nile-East Africa was one of four regional programs of WLE, which also included the Ganges, Greater Mekong, and Volta/Niger.