The Sustainable Land Management Program (SLMP) II is the continuation of one of the Government of Ethiopia’s flagship programs, with the objective of reversing land and environmental degradation.
This study supported SLMP II by exploring value chains of income generation activities/commodities, proposing those with potential for development and identifying policy gaps hindering this.
- SLMP II runs from 2014-2018 and is a multi-donor support effort to scale up landscape restoration in 135 watersheds across Ethiopia.
- Norway is one of the funders of the program with the total amount of NOK 305 million.
- Norway’s support is combined with resources from the World Bank IDA, GEF and LCDF to provide a total program budget of USD 107.61 million.
- This LTS-led study supported the SLMP II to become more sustainable in the long term.
SLMP II has been successful in halting land degradation, raising biomass productivity and yields. Households also engage in income generating activities. However, apart from local market and the available knowledge, interventions are not linked to value chain development and market access is therefore a constraint to the development of livelihoods and protection of natural resource management gains.
This scoping study included value chain mapping, research and analysis, using a combination of primary and secondary data sources. The value chain analysis:
- Identified priority commodities for further study.
- Assessed policies and market factors that might limit the involvement of the private sector in those value chains.
- Proposed how to develop those value chains.
- Offered recommendations for future work, including a rapid assessment of processing /value addition.
Value and benefits
The goal of the assignment was to support SLMP to become sustainable beyond the project lifetime, ensuring that development of livelihoods and protection of natural resource management gains are maintained.