The ATA is directly implementing 15 projects geared towards rapidly improving the production and productivity of crop and livestock commodities. Projects range across six programmatic areas: Research & Extension, Irrigation & Drainage, Livestock, Mechanization, Inputs, and Soil Health & Fertility. Of these, three projects are planned to be completed and handed over to the long-term government owners during 2011 E.C., and one project will complete the design phase and begin full implementation during the year.

The Soil Health & Fertility Projects area is directly implementing one project that are focused on rapidly addressing systemic issues related to agricultural Soil Health & Fertility.

Ethiopian Soil Information System

The project aims to digitally map Ethiopian soil resources and establish a soil information system to be used by smallholder farmers and policy makers for accurate decision-making on fertilizer use in the country and to provide evidence to address problematic soils. The geographical scope of the project is the entire country of Ethiopia. Key partners working with ATA in this project include MoALR, Regional Soil Laboratories, AGP, Regional Bureaus of Agriculture and Livestock Resources.

Key Targets by end of GTPII:

  • Soil fertility assessment and mapping works covers 96% of the country’s agricultural area
  • A comprehensive digital soil fertility and preliminary fertilizer recommendation atlas released at national level
  • National Ethiopian Soil Resource Institute (ESRI) established and EthioSIS handed over to ESRI with supporting capacity building completed.

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