Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Restoring grazing land and forest can help communities stand up to the more frequent droughts climate change is bringing, farmers say
By Kizito Makoye
DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In 2015, as Ethiopia was experiencing its worst drought in 30 years, the farmers and herders living on the rolling plains of Gatto municipality found themselves struggling to survive.
The drought came on top of years of deforestation, land degradation and uncontrolled use of water - and the combination left the rangelands residents rely on to feed their cattle totally depleted.
"The soil was eroded and our forests were destroyed," said Kifle Takeno, a 57-year-old farmer and herder living in the village of Dereje in Gatto, in the country's southwest.
So when another severe drought hit the area earlier this year,