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Food security support to 28 000 vulnerable households affected by drought and soaring food prices in Ethiopia

Food security support to 28 000 vulnerable households affected by drought and soaring food prices in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Food security support to 28 000 vulnerable households affected by drought and soaring food prices in SNNPR, Oromia, Amhara and Tigray Regions of Ethiopia

Target areas:

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), Oromia, Amhara and Tigray Regions

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 675 098
15/08/2009-31/03/2011
Project code:
OSRO/ETH/905/USA
Objective:

To contribute to the improved food security, livelihoods and income status of 28 000 households affected by recurrent drought and soaring food prices in Ethiopia through the promotion of drought-tolerant root and tuber crops and training on improved crop production.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Regional Bureaus of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Beneficiaries reached:

47 581 farming households

Activities implemented:
  • The project provided 12 nurseries with farming tools and initial planting materials and trained 18 nursery technicians.
  • Thirteen Letters of Agreement were signed with agricultural universities, research centres and the International Potato Center to provide high-yielding, disease-resistant varieties of Irish potato, sweet potato, cassava and taro.
  • Over 16.28 million clean sweet potato cuttings, 7 326 quintals of Irish potato seed tubers, 4 994 quintals of taro (Boloso-1 variety) and 89 522 cassava planting materials were distributed.
  • Extension workers and farmers were trained on improved root and tuber crop production; training manuals and informative posters and brochures were produced.
  • More than 30 potato diffuse light storage facilities equipped with plastic storage crates were constructed in eight woredas.
Impact:
  • Thanks to additional funding, the project managed to reach 47 581 households.
  • A total of 212 extension workers and 640 farmers were trained on improved crop production and field management practices.
  • More farmers had access to improved varieties thanks to the project’s seed/planting material recovery strategy in which beneficiary farmers returned the equivalent amount of planting materials at the end of the production season.
  • FAO is using the planting materials generated through the project for other emergency projects for drought-affected communities.