This site is located in the eastern part of Borana Zone in southern Ethiopia, close to Yabelo town.
Agro-pastoral/pastoral, pockets of rainfed farming; semi-arid lowlands of southern Ethiopia; currently the only pastoral/agro-pastoral CCAFS site, with high risk and potential for adaptation; The Borana traditionally managed variability of natural resources (water and pasture) through a complex system of NRM revolving around clusters of hand-dug deep wells, guided by strong customary institutions for NRM and conflict resolution. Borana is extremely drought-prone with increased rainfall variability and shorter cycles of inter-annual droughts during the last decade. Livelihoods are vulnerable, as traditional safety nets are weakened by climate-related and other drivers of change. Borana engage in more opportunistic cropping along water courses and when/where rainfall permits, some are shifting herd composition to camels. Many pastoralists are pushed to other livelihoods; accumulation of herd wealth by a few and increasing number of very destitute households resulted in increasing inequality.
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)