On 1st December, Ysabel Perdomo from Paraguay, she successfully completed her MSc studies with the defense of her research topic “The role of on-farm trees in Sidama Zone, Southern Region, Ethiopia”. This study of smallholder farms with the special focus on trees provides a good diagnosis for the WoodCluster project.
Ysabel’s research focused on agroforestry which is an old practice in which trees, crops and/or livestock integrated on the same piece of land. The study described the agroforestry practices in the area. According to their composition, two types of practices have been identified in the study area; agrosilvicultural and agrosilvopastoral. The main component of the agrosilvicultural practices are the perennial crops like coffee (Coffea arabica), enset (Ensete ventricosum), and khat (Catha edulis) with multipurpose trees.
Results indicate that farmers practice agroforestry since many years ago to produce firewood, fruits, medicine, fodder, and timber. Furthermore, they are aware of the benefits that this practice brings to the environment. Also in the study area, cultural practices assure tree protection against over-exploitation from the community.
The data were collected in the Chefasine Kebele in Sidama Zone, Ethiopia, with a survey of 80 farmer and through observation of the farm and the activities to check and supplement the information obtained from the household interviews.
The experiences of her data collection in Ethiopia can be read here.
By Ysabel Perdomo and Maxi Domke