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How to gain from erosion: catch the soil

How to gain from erosion: catch the soil

ILEIA Newsletter 13(2): 16-18

The paper describes the adoption of an idea by the Irob people in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia to construct check dams to capture soil eroded from mountain tops that is carried in flash floods to the Red Sea. The dams have enabled the Irob to start growing maize, sorghum and barley, as well as hot peppers, onions, tomatoes and fruit (mainly orange) trees.

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