Shaping sustainable economic land use

Project description

Title: Sustainable use of rehabilitated land for economic development (SURED)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ethiopia
Lead executing agency: Federal Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)
Overall term: 2018 to 2021

Ethiopia.  © GIZ


Agriculture is essential to economic growth and long-term food security in Ethiopia. It is the main source of income for three quarters of the population. Since 2008, the Ethiopian Government has been working, with support from German development cooperation, to rehabilitate land and promote economic development. 


Land use is sustainable and efficient, thus increasing agricultural production. Market access for the products and services of small farmers is improved.

Ethiopia. Farmers discuss about the catchment area. © GIZ


The project advises the Ethiopian Government on how to successfully implement its goals for sustainable land management:

It first develops and disseminates strategic documents for environmentally friendly land management. Essential guidelines are to be jointly developed and applied for this purpose. Partners are also to improve their performance, and national efforts to reform land management are to be implemented.

At the same time, the project works on creating options for maintaining and efficiently managing the land, developing participatory land use plans with an emphasis on women and young people. Value chains for the sustainable use of rehabilitated arable land are also planned.

Finally, an innovative training system is to improve the capacities of extension workers regarding rehabilitation and economic development.

With its Protection through Production approach, the project supports the farming activities of smallholder farmers. Value chains that follow an environmentally sound and social approach create jobs in the project regions and allow farmers to establish a long-term livelihood. 
The project is receiving additional support from the EU.


  • The development of six products and services into value chains has increased partners’ advisory capacities. These products contain analyses of the potentials of value chains in rehabilitated water basins. They also provide suggestions on how management can contribute to the conservation of the land. The services are advisory services for farmers on various agro-economic topics such as access to and management of small loans or access to the market.
  • The general conditions for rural development have improved.
  • The development of 21 land use plans has laid the foundations for economic land use.
  • A total of 2,300 experts have received training in land rehabilitation and economic development.
  • The project has prepared five agricultural innovations for the Ministry of Agriculture, the project’s partner ministry. These innovations are approaches that have been tested successfully over many years. Topics include: community-managed natural resource governance, sustainable landscape stabilisation, commercial training provision, participatory land use planning, and protection through production.
  • 1,500 farmers have improved their knowledge of the Farmer Business School approach. This approach teaches entrepreneurial skills in the fields of financial management and business management along with a knowledge of food security.

Last update: Januar 2021


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