Strengthening Resilience in Arid and Semi-arid Lowlands in Africa

Enhancing drought resilience and boosting overall development in the lowlands

Enhancing drought resilience and boosting overall development in the lowlands of Ethiopia is a key area of action in which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW Development Bank are supporting the Ethiopian Government.

This website showcases tested and successful approaches developed for the lowlands, in natural resource management, fodder and food production, and access to water. Much of this emanates from GIZ/KfW supported programmes in the region. However, also highlighted are promising approaches and solutions originating in other programmes.

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The DREAM II Conference took place @ Adama Ethiopia, from 15 – 18 March 2022

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Hybrid DREAM Event – 29 September 2022

The Hybrid DREAM Event took place on 29 September 2022 and focussed on 'Farming Systems for the Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use systems'.

Hybrid DREAM Event - 21 June 2022

The HybridDREAM Event took place on 21st June 2022 and focussed on 'Mapping development interventions in the lowlands: supporting coordination at woreda level'.

DREAM II Conference - 15 - 18 March 2022

The DREAM II Conference took place from 15 - 18 March 2022 in Adama, Ethiopia. A group of about 200 participants gathered over the course of four days to discuss the development of the lowlands.


This page contains various resources around the developments of the Lowlands. There are conference proceedings, policy documents, extension materials, video’s and many more resources.
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About the Ethio-German Cooperation in the Ethiopian Lowlands

Since 2008, the Ethiopian Government has been working to address the challenges presented by degradation of rural agricultural land as part of its national Sustainable Land Programme (SLMP). With greater emphasis being placed on increasing economic effectiveness and incomes, the focus is now shifting not only to investment in large-scale soil rehabilitation but also to boosting production and building the capacity of public systems. Read more >

About the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The ‘German contribution to technical services in the field of international development cooperation is the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ), headquartered in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ implements technical cooperation projects of German Federal Ministries, with Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as a main commissioning party. Read more >

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