The Ethiopian highlands are the largest mountain complex in Africa. Long-term human occupation, accompanied by sedentary agriculture, extensive cattle herding, and consistent population pressure, has resulted in extensive deforestation and environmental degradation in the region. In 2018, Plant With Purpose launched a program to partner with farming families near the upper Blue Nile in the Andabet woreda in Amhara. The project is led by a team of qualified nationals and supported by U.S.-based technical staff. Plant With Purpose's local partner organization, Floresta Ethiopia, works with farming families in the Andabet woreda, as well as local churches, schools, and other organizations, in order to implement a holistic model of community development. This model is comprised of economic empowerment, environmental restoration, and spiritual renewal. Local farmers in Andabet recognize the problems of erosion, encroachment into church forests, decreased yields, water table levels, and water availability, and thus want to work with Floresta Ethiopia and Plant With Purpose. Based on the foundation of long years of research and relationships, established local leaders in administration and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church have welcomed the Plant With Purpose watershed transformation approach.
Activities include training for rural farmers in sustainable agriculture techniques such as organic fertilizers, agroforestry, reforestation efforts, soil conservation, family gardens, and rainwater harvesting. Support is also provided for savings-led microfinance groups, and building of church leadership.
- Economic Recovery and Development