Introduction of Holistic Landscape Management in SNNPR, Ethiopia


Project details

  • Project Implementer: Mendel University in Brno
  • Donor: Czech Development Cooperation
  • Implementation period: 2019 - 2020
  • Holistic Solutions Ltd participation: throughout the implementation period

Goal of the project

Contribute to reducing the negative impacts of climate change and inappropriate management of the natural resources of the Arba Minch region of Zuria Woreda (AMZW).


Increasing the food security of the rural population and achieving sustainable management of natural resources in AMZW.


1. Implementation of an innovative natural resource management plan.

2. Rehabilitation of degraded areas and their subsequent sustainable management.

3. Secured sustainable management of the permaculture center.

4. The principles of "climate smart agriculture" are widespread among local farmers and officials.

5. Improving the competitiveness of local production groups.

Target Group and Beneficiaries

The target group consisted of officials of the district and zonal agricultural office, agricultural advisors, farmers living and working in the district of AMZW, community representatives and attention was also paid to social groups, which consisted of unemployed young people and households suffering from seasonal / chronic food shortages or inappropriate agricultural practices.

The final beneficiaries of the project were the agricultural population of AMZW, living and farming in the areas directly affected by erosion. The beneficiary of the project was also AMZW WARDO and its officials, who are able to positively influence whole areas and future generations of citizens by increasing their knowledge and practical experience. The final beneficiaries were also farmers at the foot of the slopes whose irrigation channels are no longer be destroyed by torrential rains and whose soil is not be further degraded by erosion, and farmers in the affected kebel territory, whose degraded soil is rehabilitated. The final group of beneficiaries consisted of approximately 2.500 households, which was approximately 12.500 inhabitants including children.

The Holistic Solutions team focused primarily on the delivery of fruit dryers, awareness raising and demonstration of erosion control, planting of woody plants, water management buildings and home-made multifunctional gardens and sharing of community experience with project target groups. They also carried out a variety of training sessions to increase the competitiveness of local production groups.