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Emergency seed and planting material support for drought-affected people in Ethiopia

Emergency seed and planting material support for drought-affected people in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Emergency seed and planting material support for drought-affected people in Oromiya and SNNP regions

Target areas:

Oromiya and SNNP regions

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 197 356
Implementation:
01/09/2011-31/03/2012
Project code:
OSRO/ETH/106/CHA
Objective:

To increase the food security of 23 573 households (117 865 people) in East and West Hararghe zones of Oromiya and the Gamo Gofa zone of SNNP region through seed support.

Key partners:

Ethiopian Bureaus of Agriculture, World Vision Ethiopia, CARE and Catholic Relief Service.

Beneficiaries reached:

Project beneficiaries included 7 448 household in six woredas of East and West Hararghe and Gamo Gofa zones.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed a total of 60 tonnes of haricot bean seed to 2 572 beneficiary households, and 6 531 000 sweet potato cuttings to 4 876 beneficiary households.
  • Provided training to farmers in good agricultural practices.
Impact:
  • The project helped to improve the food security of drought-affected farmers, significantly reduce dependency on external and imported food aid and strengthen the local seed system in target areas.
  • Poor farmers, who had no access to improved seed varieties in the past, were able to save enough haricot bean seed from their harvest to cultivate 0.25 ha of land in the subsequent planting season.
  • The project helped to revitalize the weakened local sweet potato planting material supply system and enabled beneficiary farmers to harvest fresh food during the 2012 lean season (April-June).