An institutional interdisciplinary cooperation is setup between the university of Bahir Dar (Ethiopia) and the Flemish universities on an interdisciplinary range of research topics in Northwest Ethiopia: land resilience, hydrogeology, postharvest and food processing, aquatic ecology and water-borne diseases and socio-economic development. The university of Antwerp leads the research on the socio-economic aspects of agriculture and environmental management. This project supports the transition to a climate resilient green economy in Northwest Ethiopia. About 20 PhD students work on phase 1 of this project, across the Flemish universities. The project is coordinated by Ghent University.