Owing to its direct reliance on existing local natural resources (soil, water and climate), agriculture is an open roof business with high sensitivity to climate change that degrades those natural resources to a varying scope and magnitude. In acknowledging climate change projections of both increased temperatures along with rainfall alterations in volume and occurrence, climate change reports specific to Ethiopian are identified to adversely affect the country’s agriculture development plan. This EIAR-RF collaborative project is initiated in the broad context of the current Ethiopian ambitious development plan known as ‘Growth and Transformation Plan’ for 2010-2015. Very recently too, the country has planned for another jump-termed climate resilient green economy (CRGE) that works trough 2030. Being the first of its kind in Africa, this program is anticipated to ensure the country’s attainment of the middle income status by 2025, while at the same time leaving the legacy to the global clean development efforts through better environmental services. Through the implementation of the project to-date, a number of salient successes have been achieved from the perspective of the project objectives. With the project ramp up, the briefing of the State Minister of MoA was followed by a series of awareness raising workshops at key partner institutions (five research centers, four high schools, three universities, and eight farmer communities). A total of 822 male and 480 female were participated in the awareness raising workshops. Further a total of 63 key activities leading towards achieving the five cardinal objectives were embarked up on. Of these, the capacity building training of 58 researchers and academicians who are the project focal persons was remarkable.
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