Man plowing his land with oxen before sowing

Intensive rainstorms at the start of the rainy season pose risks for cultivation in the Choke Mountains.

Enourmous gullies have appeared near the river

The raindrop follows only one path from Workeh’s plot to the river. Along the way, 25 more land users drain into the same route. One of them is Temesgen.
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The office of the Development Agent who is responsible for the implementation of the government's soil conservation programme

Yonas the development agent
As government officers at the kebelle level, the development agent (DA) Mr. Yonas has a key role in implementing government and party policies.

The average number of plowings for cultivated plots is five.

Whenever faced with a drainage flow from an upstream neighbour, a land user has two possibilities: 1) he allows the flow to pass over his plot or 2) he blocks the flow with stones to divert it down the hill along the plot boundary. If Yohannis accepts the water, it flows straight on and the water velocity remains the same.
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Women on the way to the market

For Tadesse, his father's inability and reluctance to provide him with more land and oxen makes it impossible to engage in farming. Not only does he lack land for cultivation, he is also barred from access to credit because he has no collateral.
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Most people under 35 have no land and spend a lot of their time in trading

Women on the market

Development agent instructing farmers on activities to be implemented this month.

Throughout Amhara regional state (20 million inhabitants), farmers are ordered to work for 40 days on soil conservation.

Training for soil conservation

Meeting place for the local court where drainage disputes are settled. The number of sticks indicate how many men are inside.

Harvest

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