In July and August, we conducted a site specific survey and rapid diagnosis in the three selected research sites: Jeldu, Fogera and Diga.

We collected the available biophysical and socio-economic data about the sites and their watersheds and assessed the level of awareness of local actors (farmers, communities, Woreda and NGO staff) in rainwater management strategies.

The team captured detailed information on how the different watersheds in the landscapes function (biophysically and socially), how different landscape components are interacting and how changes in one component could bring about direct and indirect changes in others.

The roles, responsibilities, interactions and the working arrangements of a range of actors involved in rainwater management related research and development investments were also assessed.

The teams used key informant interviews, focus group discussions and field observations to gather relevant information in each Woreda.