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Disaster risk management – seed response intervention in Ethiopia

Disaster risk management – seed response intervention in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Disaster risk management – seed response intervention in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region

Target areas:

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 387 725
Implementation:
22/06/2012-31/03/2013
Project code:
OSRO/ETH/206/CHA
Objective:

To improve the food security of poor smallholder farmers who have been affected by two successive below-normal Belg rains, and who are producing less food and are therefore more vulnerable to malnutrition.

Key partners:

CRS, GOAL, Food for the Hungry and World Vision Ethiopia.

Beneficiaries reached:

11 189 beneficiary households received haricot bean seed and 15 848 beneficiary households received teff seed.

Activities implemented:
  • Held an inception workshop with 32 participants from the region, zone and woredas, including focal persons, finance officers, woreda extension heads and development agents, to familiarize partners with the project.
  • Distributed a total of 144.4 tonnes of haricot bean to 11 189 beneficiary households and 106.5 tonnes of teff seed to 15 848 beneficiary households.
  • Collected feedback from farmers and agriculture experts on seed and planting material quality.
Impact:
  • Inception workshop enabled participants to discuss the project objectives, strategies, activities, targeting criteria and processes, roles and responsibilities of partners involved in project implementation and planting windows.
  • Based on estimates made from a sample of teff farmers, farmers produced a total of 5 756 tonnes of teff from the 106.5 tonnes of seed distributed, with each household producing an average of 3.63 quintals (2.9 quintals - 4.7 quintals); production was enough to feed a family of 6.5 people for 122 days.
  • Even though the haricot bean crops were affected by moisture stress, 11 189 beneficiary households produced 2 707.5 tonnes from the 144.4 tonnes of haricot bean seed provided by FAO, enough to feed a family of 6.5 people for 2.71 months.
  • Beneficiaries and agriculture experts rated the quality of the inputs as very good.