Integrated Landscape Management to Enhance Food Security and Ecosystem Resilience in Ethiopia

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 12, 2017 to April 30, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  2. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  3. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems

Project ID: 5559

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Grasslands


  • Grazing lands
  • Savannas
  • Drylands

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Innovative approaches


  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Enabling


  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)
  • Erosion prevention
  • Ecosystem mitigation and adaptation
  • Mainstream
  • Community engagement

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Women
  • Smallholder farmers

Gender equality

  • Women farmers
  • Gender-responsive policies
  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems

Conventions and protocols

  • National Action Plan
  • National Development Policies
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Nature-based solution

About this project


Smallholder farming (cultivation and pastoralism) is the mainstay of EthiopiaÂs economy across the six regions in which this project will be implemented. Farming takes place in often highly degraded and vulnerable environments where there is a substantial loss of vegetation, associated erosion, and declining soil fertility. Huge demand for natural capital including biomass fuels exacerbates environmental degradation and affects food production. This project proposes an integrated approach that brings together a capacity to achieve food security with the need to restore and sustainably manage key environmental resources. It does this through three interrelated components: Component 1 ensures effective multi-stakeholder platforms are in place to support the dissemination and uptake of integrated approaches; Component 2 develops specific approaches and puts in place effective mechanisms to scale up across target sites and, more widely, in the country; and Component 3 establishes a systematic monitoring, assessment, learning and knowledge management mechanism that supports influencing at a wider scale in Ethiopia  and via the Regional Hub project  across other SSA countries under the IAP. Infusing all components is a commitment to gender-responsive development, in which women stakeholders within smallholder communities play a central role in economic and environmental transformations.


To enhance long-term sustainability and resilience of the food production systems by addressing the environmental drivers of food insecurity in Ethiopia.

USD $10,339,450

Grant amount

USD $144,965,431

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($10,339,450)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Ethiopia

Joint agencies

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development

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