Ethiopian farmers begin recovery of land

Published on 02 March 2009

Mulualem Tegegn bought a donkey last year – a proud achievement for this 58-year-old grandfather in the Amhara highlands of Ethiopia. Several years of drought, coupled with skyrocketing food prices, had stolen his livelihood; him and his family have been forced to eat seed that would have been planted, and sell livestock that was his source of income. [...] A few years ago, Tegegn got involved with a land rehabilitation program, offered by his government and assisted by the World Food Programme (WFP). In a land where rain has many names (depending on the season), the Productivity Safety Net Programme (PSNP) showed him how to harvest it whenever, and wherever, it fell.

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