Addis Ababa March 08/2017A five-year project that will enable to ensure sustainable land management system in the country through research is to be implemented.
Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz are the regional states where the research will be conducted. This was disclosed at a stakeholders discussion aimed at launching the research project held on Wednesday.
Debaki area in Benishanguel and Hawi Zone and the environs of Bahir Dar from Amhara state were selected based on their unique ecological profile.
The project which is estimated to cost five million USD is co-financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and a Japanese science and technology research institute.
Professionals from Japan universities’ like Shimane, Tottori and Tokyo in collaboration with professionals from Bahir Dar University will jointly undertake the research.
Dr. Eniyew Adigo, Lecturer and Researcher at Bahir Dar University said the main objective of the study is to provide research based recommendations on the country’s effort to ensure sustainable land management system and water conservation.
He further noted that the research will be carried out on the impacts of sustainable land development that was conducted in previous years and their contribution to reduction of soil erosion and increasing production and productivity.
Furthermore, the findings from the research would help farmers to be productive through developing and adapting soil and water conservation technologies, protecting soil fertility and improving production of fodder and their feeding system.
This joint research program in which professionals from the two countries are involved would also help to accelerate transfer of knowledge and technology, Prof. Atsushi Tsunekawa of Tottori University said.
The joint research project will create an opportunity to bring Japan’s rich potential in science and technology and replicate them to the conditions in Ethiopia.