Hello everyone, here's some of the story about our project n Ethiopia. We have three hectares of land on the perimeter of a small town about half way between Bahir Dar and Gonder in Amhara state. When we signed for the land we had forest on 3 sides which has since been cleared and allocated for housing. Surprisingly this forest was all eucalypts which are grown all over ET for poles and firewood, coppiced every 5-6 years or so. It's the main source of fuelwood as the majority of people rely on it for daily cooking. There are a number of australian trees grown here- eucalypts, casuarinas, red bottlebrush, and surprisingly Norfolk Island Pine - a popular ornamental. We have gentle slopes to the west, a natural spring, and the land was previously a common for grazing, therefore compacted,overgrazed and bare. We have been slowly building swales but have a lot more to do yet. We've planted over 1750 trees and shrubs, built 2 small reservoirs and three diversion channels, dry-stone wall around the boundary,2 dwellings, a toolshed and a concrete-block processing unit of four rooms about half finished. We have planted mangos, bananas, custard apples, citrus (aphids are a big problem), mulberry, avocado and anything subtropic we can get. Support species are casuarina, grevillea, pigeon pea,sesbania, acacias, sweet potato,vetch, alfalfa, elephant grass, different beans (but the lab-lab was so vigorous we call it the murderer), and so on. Some things grew very well and some were disappointing - the leucaena didn't compete too well and the tagasaste was a failure. Plus some ornamentals like hibiscus, African Tulip tree, frangipani, and indigenous trees too - wanza, fig, wild olive. We had a fabulous crop of pumpkins which we planted as ground cover, and after the rains everyone wanted our grass for livestock feed. Now it's dry season and things aren't actively growing. But our reservior and wells still have water, and we still have a nice cover of grass. Sorry it's late now, more next time.