Tearfund Ireland is determined to strengthen Ethiopian communities so they are more resilient in the face of climate change and disasters such as drought.
Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, and as a result of Sustainable Development Goals one and two, major strides have been made in overall reductions in poverty and hunger levels. However, as Africa’s second most populous country, Ethiopia has an enormous number of people living in poverty. This year alone, nationwide unrest and insecurity have delayed the country’s progress. However, the state of emergency has thankfully been lifted, and the new government appears to be increasing hope and raising morale.
The districts we work in – the Wolaita and Sidama Zones, and the Nazareth / Oromia Region – are characterised by high population density, limited livelihood options, falling agricultural production, high unemployment and high migration. Recently, climate change-induced shocks have had a major bearing on people’s economic and social lives. We have been working to increase resilience among communities, and prepare people for these shocks and recurrent stresses. So far we have reached over 37,000 vulnerable people.
- To increase the preparation and resilience of vulnerable people to environmental shocks and recurrent stresses.
- To develop local economies that are inclusive and sustainable.
- To build capacity and support in managing the Self-Help Groups.
- To increase the use of climate-sensitive farming techniques.
KEY OUTCOMES DURING 2017/2018
- 10,000 households increased their preparation for weather-related shocks.
- Over 300 community groups were trained in Disaster Risk Reduction strategies.
- Self-Help Group members were able to start small businesses and generate income. 40% of group members are now engaged in activities such as fattening of animals, weaving, running small shops and retail trade.
- Almost 300 women from Self-Help Groups were trained in Sustainable Organic Agriculture, which is primarily focused on vegetable production for improved nutrition. Many women sold their produce in the market, while others supplemented their food at home with their harvested crops.
- 65 farmers have been able to prepare their land for Conservation Agriculture, helping them grow more without damaging the soil.
- The development of a new digital data collection system using tablets that enables better tracking of outcomes and change, using recognised indicators. Partners particularly appreciated that this system was developed with their participation and that it has improved their reflection and learning, too.