Trees instead of cattle
To really combat erosion, areas of land of at least 14 hectares are needed. The population makes this community land available for forest planting, rather than for grazing livestock. This is a major investment in this area, where land is scarce. But it is a very important one: “Cows worsen erosion. They eat grass and plants and crush the ground. The result is that the soil does not retain water as well, and existing small erosion trenches are getting bigger and bigger”, says Workneh Edesa, project manager The Hunger Project Ethiopia.