Community meeting at the Banja water catchment area, Amhara Region. Copyright: GIZ / Britta Petersen

Shaping land management and climate action in Ethiopia

Climate-sensitive innovations for land management

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  • Client

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Political sponsors


  • Runtime

    2021 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Environment and climate

Three fishermen on the shores of Lake Chamo. Copyright: GIZ / Britta Petersen


Three quarters of the population of Ethiopia live from agriculture, which plays a major role in economic growth and food security.

Since 2008, the Government in Addis Abeba has been working with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and international cooperation to rehabilitate the country and promote economic development.

Three farmers with spades and pickaxes at the Banja water catchment area, Amhara Region. Copyright: GIZ / Britta Petersen

The project increases the capacity of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and other partner institutions to design and implement natural resource management programmes in the country’s midlands and highlands.


It also improves the planning and implementation of environmentally friendly land management in Ethiopia through the country’s agricultural extension services.


The project consists of four components which address key points within the Ministry of Agriculture’s organisational system:

  1. Promote evidence-based policy advice by commissioning agricultural studies and developing natural resource management strategies.
  2. Support local organisations to develop and implement land use plans under their own responsibility and to involve women and young people. This also promotes knowledge-sharing between communities.
  3. Develop a long-term strategy to protect Lake Chamo that considers not only resource protection but also the circumstances and prospects of the population and the lakeside economy. The strategy will serve as a model for protecting other lakes in Ethiopia.
  4. Create a digital training system for the agricultural extension service, which keeps farmers in touch with the latest information and techniques in their field. Private education providers are commissioned to develop training materials that provide an interesting and interactive learning experience.

Last update: July 2023

Young IT experts interview an avocado farmer on her plantation in Mojo, Oromia Region. Copyright: GIZ / Britta Petersen