Exploring the ecosystem limits to poverty alleviation in African forest-agriculture landscapes (ECOLIMITS) –funded the ESPA program of the UK , (June 2014-Dec 2017)
This project is implemented in two countries: Ethiopia and Ghana. The case study site in Ethiopia is Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve. The overall aim of our project is to identify development strategies for forest-agriculture ecosystems in Ghana and Ethiopia that can alleviate poverty within ecosystem limits.
- This research project is the first of its kind in NPP and terrestrial carbon stock studies in Africa. It deal with ecological and socio-economic entities, the ecological studies include measurements of NPP (Net Primary Productivity), carbon stock and biodiversity assessment (plants, insects and birds), soil nutrients, coffee flower, yield and quality, litter fall, coarse woody debris, pollinators and phonological studies.
- The project has also established 2 large 10 micro climate measurement stations at high, medium and low altitudes to capture the variations. Besides, 44 small data loggers were installed to measure micro-climatic data within plots at different altitude and the data are being downloaded.
- Analysis are undergoing
- Four manuscripts are prepared
Strengthening implementation of the Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve: A model site for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development (June 2013-November 2017) supported by Austrian development Cooperation
The project aims at contributing to sustainable development through strengthening institutional capacities to implement biosphere reserve management plans and support efforts to improve the livelihoods of the local community.
The general objective of the project is to enabling target farmer cooperative unions to attain self-sufficiency in all six key areas and sub areas of competency: Function, Finance and Resource Management, Operations, Member participation and benefits, Management and governance.
Diversifying agriculture balance nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-story cropping systems. NutriHAF Africa
The project includes, research and capacity building project explores and integrates appropriate fruit and vegetable crops into multi-storey cropping systems to increase nutrition security, diversify and intensify agriculture and thus to reduce pressure on natural habitats in biodiversity hotspots.
Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and climate resilience at Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve
Major outputs of the project are; increase farmer income by improving coffee quality through harvest and post-harvest (processing) interventions; provide a baseline and evaluation of forest change (stability vs. conversion) from 2000...
The goal of the project is to provide a climate resilient coffee economy strategy for Ethiopia, based on a rigorous assessment of climate change on coffee production and wild coffee forests.