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Sustainable Enset farming systems for food security and livelihood improvement in Gamo highlands


Enset is an indigenous multipurpose plant on which more than 15 million people from South-western Ethiopia rely for subsistence. However, the Enset-based farming system is severely threatened by bacterial wilt (Xanthomonas). Moreover, income from Enset is low for lack of optimised post-harvest treatments. This project aims to (i) reduce disease incidence levels by investigating its relationship with ecological and management factors and (ii) improve the nutritional and market value of the edible product through improved post-harvest treatment (fermentation).

Intervention type

TEAM projects


10/04/2015 - 31/12/2018

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Karen Vancampenhout
Local promoter Feleke Woldeyes
Local partner institution KU Leuven
Local partner institution Arba Minch University
Budget € 299.796