Soil water measurements from Ethiopia’s Awassa region during the drought and subsequent floods of 2015-2016

  • Joanne Smith (Contributor)
  • Paul Hallett (Contributor)
  • D. Nayak (Contributor)
  • S. Boke (Contributor)
  • M. Habte (Contributor)
  • G. Yakob (Contributor)
  • M. Rivington (Contributor)
  • Euan Phimister (Contributor)



Measurements were taken in three fertility zones within households in two districts of Halaba in the SNNPR, Ethiopia. Measurements were taken after the El Niño event of 2015/16, so reflect the resilience of different areas of the farm to drought. Measurements are provided at fertility zones home, near and far from the home, and at three depths (0-5cm, 5-10cm and 10-15cm). Measurements included were volumetric water content, more water conductivity, and soil temperature. This dataset was collected as part of the NERC-funded project Building Resilience in Ethiopia's Awassa region to Drought (BREAD).,The measurements were collected from farmers’ fields in Halaba District near Hawassa (SNPPR, Ethiopia), after the drought of 2015 – 2016 (between January 2016 and July 2016). Sampling points were classed as “home”, “near” and “far” from the homestead. This corresponds to fields at increasing distance from the household, but does not equate to a set distance; it is more a reflection of the typical land uses in the fields. Measurements are provided at the three depths, 0-5cm, 5-10cm and 10-15cm. Measurements were collected from fields belonging to farmers with different wealth status (poor medium and rich) in two kebeles (parishes, Konicha and 1st Choroko).,
Date made available1 Jan 2019
PublisherNatural Environment Research Council

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