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Title:New hope to fill the 'mesob' in the drylands of Ethiopia: towards enhanced sustainable development through institutional university cooperation
Author:Deckers, Jozef
Periodical:Bulletin des sťances = Mededelingen der zittingen
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Subjects:scientific cooperation
natural resource management
Abstract:The drylands of Tigray in northern Ethiopia have been the scene of war and recurrent famine for the last decades. The previous Derg military government tried to alleviate the situation by resettling the people from Tigray in 'better endowed areas' in southwest Ethiopia. After the fall of the Derg regime, Mekelle University was established in 1995 on the very site of a major army camp overlooking Mekelle town, literally swapping the sword for the plough to contribute to food security and bring peace to the area. Mekelle University undertook the challenge to work with the farmers of the hinterlands. It intended to train students from all over Ethiopia to study problems typically occurring in the country's semi-arid areas. The Flemish Inter-University Council has supported Mekelle University through a number of research projects in the field of soil and water conservation and rehabilitation of dryland forests since 1996. This paper reflects on this partnership and on the results obtained during the first years of its operation. Bibliogr., sum. in English, Dutch and French. [Journal abstract]