Protecting forests. Protecting land. Protecting futures.
ENCOMPASSING MOUNTAINS, LUSH RAINFORESTS AND ARID LOWLANDS, THE BALE ECO-REGION OF ETHIOPIA IS BOTH STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL AND INCREDIBLY DIVERSE – HOME TO UNIQUE SPECIES OF THREATENED ANIMALS AND PLANTS. BUT THE REGION IS UNDER THREAT FROM DEFORESTATION AND DEGRADING GRAZING LANDS.
At Farm Africa, we are deeply concerned with environmental protection. We want to make sure that we’re reducing poverty for the communities we work with for the long term – and that means helping farmers to secure bigger profits, while also protecting unique ecosystems and natural resources for generations to come.
So in Bale, a region which is not only home to thousands of farmers, but also provides water for an estimated 12 million people living downstream, we work to make conservation profitable.
Currently, many farming practices are unsustainable, as farmers cut down trees and overgraze land as they try to make a living
and feed their families. We are helping increase farmers’ incomes in an environmentally sustainable way by:
• Helping forest communities produce and market
forest-friendly products such as honey, bamboo, wild coffee and natural oils, instead of clearing the forest.
• Piloting sustainable timber production.
• Generating income through the sale of carbon credits for avoided deforestation.
• Offering training in climate-smart agricultural techniques that will enhance production on existing agricultural land, without the need to expand farmland.
• Introducing sustainable energy initiatives such as fuel-efficient cook stoves that alleviate the demand for firewood and stop people from cutting down trees.
• Helping lowland pastoralists to restore grazing land and improve the health and productivity of their livestock.