PROJECT WAS RUNNING IN VARIOUS COUNTRIESBurkina Faso, Benin, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Tunisia
Soil is a non-renewable resource. Unsustainable use leads to erosion, nutrient depletion and other kinds of degradation; consequences include the loss of soil productivity, the irreversible destruction of agricultural or pastoral ecosystems and a reduction in agricultural yields. Climate change increases degradation, for example through droughts or increasingly frequent heavy rainfall. Every year, about six million hectares of soil are being degraded worldwide.
In this context, the project aims at implementing tried and tested approaches to sustainable soil protection and rehabilitation at scale in selected partner countries. In eight country packages (seven countries), project works towards strengthening capacities of smallholder farmers, extension services and private sector partners in applying measures for soil protection and rehabilitation. At the same time, the project provides advice to government entities in improving the legal and political framework for investments in more sustainable soils.
ICON-INSTITUT is conducting an external review to assess development, progress and status of implementation with regard to intermediate results, coherence of action, relevance and effectiveness. Specific focus of the assessment is on sustainability and scalability of the interventions. By this, ICON-INSTITUT is contributing to sharpen the orientation of the project interventions towards sustainable improvements of livelihood and food security.