Regreening Africa builds on past successful cases of land restoration in Ethiopia such as Humbo, Sodo, Abreha Weatsbha, Medebay Zana and many other localities through Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) programs. Successful small-to medium-scale agroforestry projects have shown their potential to restore degraded lands and improve food security in SNNPR, Tigray, Oromia and Amhara regions. This project will learn from these successes and enhance the scaling up to other areas facing severe degradation.


Regreening Targets

200,000 Ha
120,000 households


4 regional states
Northern region: Tigray and Amhara
Central Region: Oromia
Southern Region: SNNPR

Total of 25 Woredas


Catholic Relief Services & partners (ECC-SDCO Adigrat; ECC-SDCO-Mekele branch & ECC-SDCOM- Dera Branch)

World Vision Ethiopia

ICRAF Ethiopia

Approaches to reversing land degradation

A variety of strategies will be put into place in Ethiopia to combat land degradation:

  • Community-level intervention through farmer networks and community-based organisations
  • Support for Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) establishments, community groups and Rural Resource Centres
  • Strengthen conservation groups
  • Supply quality planting materials and facilitate tree planting to support the private sector, government and nurseries.
  • Farmer field days, experience sharing visits, farmer-to-farmer extension and volunteer farmer recruitment
  • Influence current and wider policy, practice and investment decisions by engaging policy makers, government and communities at all levels
  • Conduct regular meetings to secure interest and synergize with existing networks
  • Engage in print, audio and digital communications to spread regreening information

Project Sites

The project will be implemented in 25 Woredas (districts) across four regional states:

  • Tigray
  • Oromia
  • Southern Nations Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR)
  • Amhara

Direct scaling-up will be conducted in 15 Woredas and leveraging scaling-up practices will be conducted in 10 Woredas.


Expected Impacts

  • Regreening innovations adopted by at least 120,000 farming families in the 25 target Woredas
  • Improved and diversified livelihood options
  • Rehabilitated at least 200,000 hectares of degraded landscapes
  • Transformed behaviour and practices of farmers and influential stakeholders at multiple levels
  • Implementing partners and stakeholders equipped with new knowledge, skills, tools and resources to effectively promote regreening practices

1 The Global Mechanism. (2007). Increasing finance for sustainable land management. The Global Mechanism of the UNCCD—Via Paolo di Dono 44—00142 Rome, Italy. Available online at Accessed 31 May 2015.

2 Gebreselassie S., Kirui O.K. and Mirzabaev A. 2016. Economics of land degradation and improvement in Ethiopia. PP 401-430. In Nkonya E., Mirzabaev A and Von Braun J (Eds) Economics of land degradation and improvement-A global assessment for sustainable development. SpringerOpen, New York.