Concern said it has had huge success from tree planting in Ethiopia in recent years with communities experiencing less flooding and more growth in food production and livelihoods.
“We are improving the productivity of land for crops and livestock to create greater food security and a better environment for everyone,” added Concern’s livelihoods officer in Ethiopia, Dereje Jeba.
The tree types Concern planted including the drought-resistant drumstick tree (Moringa), the silky oak (Gravilliea Robusta), junipers, avocado and mango.
The aid agency helped 573,000 people directly through its development work last year in Ethiopia.
The East African country is particularly vulnerable to weather-related shocks with over 80 per cent of the rural population dependent on rain-fed agriculture.
Ethiopia also has the added challenge of hosting almost one million refugees from other countries.
For more information, please contact Concern (UK) Senior Communications Officer in Belfast, Darren Vaughan: [email protected]et or 07767 692579.