I have benefited a lot from skills enhancement trainings organized by RUFORUM

My name is Zenebe Shuite Argado from Ethiopia. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Debre Markos University, Ethiopia and a Master of Education in Geography and Environmental Education from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. I was a full-time teaching staff in the department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Bule Hora University, Ethiopia, from July 2011 up to October 2018. I have served at the position of department head for two years (2013-15) in the same department. 


Currently, I am a PhD student in Climate Change and Bio-energy Development, at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resource, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. I am one of those who won the RUFORUM research scholarship funded through the Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) Project.

I have completed my course work and prepared my research proposal titled as “Land Use Effect on Plant Diversity, Biomass, Soil Quality, Carbon Sequestration and Their Implication to Climate Change Mitigation in Aleta Chuko Woreda of Sidama Region, Ethiopia”.  The main aim of the research is to investigate land use impact on diversity of woody species, litter fall and decomposition, soil quality, microbial biomass, carbon and nitrogen stocks.

Land use change from relict natural forest and agroforestry to mono-cropping land affects tree species diversity and composition. Among other managed land uses, traditional agroforestry practices play an important role in the conservation of native woody species, plant diversity, biomass, maintain soil quality, litter production and store carbon than the rest of farming systems. Traditional agroforestry practice in Aleta Chuko woreda, Sidama region, has been sustaining the natural environment for more than half a century. However, there is a trend to increase productivity through agricultural intensification which involves reduction in plant diversity and affects agroforestry systems favoring monoculture fields. Ecologically important native tree species dominated by exotic one in woodlots, which is one of the common land uses in Aleta Chuko woreda. Assessment of these issues in agricultural and agroforestry land uses in Ethiopia receives less attention as compared to other land uses. Thus, lack of data on species diversity, carbon stocks and ecosystem processes in different land uses at the local scale hamper efforts done towards climate change mitigation.

I have benefited a lot from the trainings that have been organized by RUFORUM on GIS, remote sensing, statistical and qualitative training as well as share experience that held from 2-6 December, 2019, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. I would like to thank RUFORUM and SENTINEL Project for their support. Great thanks to those who helping me under this project, especially Mentors who assisted me during concept note development and Mr. David Ekepu from the RUFORUM Secretariat who follows up my progress.   

Zenebe Argado (1st squatting from the right) with other Sentinel PhD fellows at the RUFORUM AGM in Cape Coast, Ghana, Dec 2019

For more information, please contact Zenebe Shuite Argado through email: zeneshu112@gmail.com

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