The Tana watershed is one of the major sub-basins of the Blue Nile river located in the Benishangul-Gumuz region. Most people in the area conduct sedentary farming that is complemented with limited livestock production. In terms of resources, the basin possesses significant development potential that could boost efforts aimed at augmenting commercial and small-holder agricultural production.
Numerous development interventions are underway in the Tana-Beles sub-basin in general and in the Tana sub-basin in particular. These include various irrigation schemes, hydropower production, watershed management, and related projects aimed at development and utilization of the abundant water resources. Owing to the current initiatives involving both the public and the private sectors, it has become imperative to monitor changes, assess the impact of the various development schemes, and document the kind of development activities and benefits that are realized.
This base-line study is hoped to produce a data base of the situation characterizing the status quo thereby serving as a spring board for successive studies in terms of impact assessment. It is from these angles that FSS has produced this work, and is recommending it to academics/researchers as well as development policy makers and practitioners interested in monitoring the wide-ranging changes taking place in one of the country’s important corridors of development.