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)
Co-funded by: European Union
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 more than three quarters of the population. Since 2008, the Ethiopian Government has been working, with support from German development cooperation and other development partners, to rehabilitate land and boost rural livelihood.


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

Ethiopia. Farmers discuss about the catchment area. © GIZ


The Sustainable Land Management (SLM) programme launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is requested by the Ethiopian Government both for technical and financial support in implementing  the nationwide Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP).

The SLM Programme consists of several modules implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). The current GIZ module on Sustainable Use of Rehabilitated Land for Economic Development (SURED) is receiving additional support from the EU. The support that the SURED module provides is integrated into the Ethiopian Government’s development programme. It focuses on systematic advisory services on effective implementation of the Government’s efforts:

  • Developing and disseminating strategic documents for environmentally friendly land management: Essential guidelines are jointly developed and applied. Partners are assisted in improving their performance, and national efforts to reform land management are implemented.
  • Developing options for maintaining and efficiently managing the land: Participatory land use plans are developed with an emphasis on women and young people, while value chains for the sustainable use of rehabilitated arable land are planned.
  • Establishing an innovative training system to improve the advisory capacities of extension workers on rehabilitation and economic development
  • Developing upscaling concepts and methods that enable the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture to expand best practices on a broad basis.

With its Protection through Production approach, SURED supports the farming activities of small holder farmers (e.g. through value chain development and farming as a business) and job creation by at the same time protecting the landscape. This helps farmers establish a long-term livelihood.


  • The training and advisory supports in connecting of selected products and services from the rehabilitated areas fin to existing value chain has increased the partners’ advisory capacity in this respect.
  • The general conditions for rural development have improved.
  • The development of land use plans has laid the foundations for economic land use.
  • 1,200 experts have received training in land rehabilitation and economic development
  • Five innovations have been prepared for dissemination in the partner system.
  • 1,500 farmers have improved their knowledge of the Farmer Business School approach. This approach teaches entrepreneurial skills in the field of financial management and business management along with a knowledge of food security.


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