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Title:Coping with low and erratic rainfall in the Eastern Zone of Tigray: proposals for participatory research and development with farmers
Editor:Aceves, Maria
Series:Working document series
City of publisher:Wageningen
Publisher:ICRA, International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:rural development
Abstract:The Eastern Zone of Tigray (Ethiopia) suffers from erratic and insufficient rainfall. The nature of the rainfall is the main constraint to crop and livestock production. The area is further characterized by high and growing population pressure. Scarcity of pasture and forest land and reduced farm size have forced many farmers to remove practically all crop residues for use as feed, fuel and construction material. Fieldwork was carried out in the area in order to assess the effects of erratic and insufficient rainfall on the livelihoods of the people, and the kind of research input needed to reduce these effects. Specific recommendations are made regarding the strengthening of farmers' involvement in research and development activities in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of research.