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Coordination Support to disaster risk management/resilience-building in the agriculture sector in Ethiopia

Coordination Support to disaster risk management/resilience-building in the agriculture sector in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Coordination Support to disaster risk management/resilience-building in the agriculture sector

Target areas:


USD 425 000
Project code:

To improve food and nutrition security and resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmer and pastoral communities to major agriculture sector hazards and disasters, with the expected result of improving information flow, communication and coordination of federal, regional and zonal Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Agriculture Task Forces (ATFs).

Key partners:

The Early Warning and Response Directorate of the DRM and Food Security Sector, regional level DRM–ATFs, Regional Bureaus of Agriculture and zonal and woreda Agriculture Offices of Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali and Tigray Regions.

Beneficiaries reached:

DRM–ATF members (Government, United Nations agencies, Non-governmental Organizations [NGOs] and resource partners), indirectly benefiting smallholder farmers and pastoralist communities across Ethiopia, especially in at-risk areas.

Activities implemented:
  • Conducted ten DRM–ATF meetings co-chaired by DRMFSS and FAO and organized six discussion fora at federal and regional levels.
  • Disseminated minutes of meetings to stakeholders containing information related to weather and food price trends, agriculture and livelihood response updates, regional DRM–ATF updates, discussion forum issues and recommendations.
  • Ensured that the crosscutting issues such as gender, HIV/AIDS and the environment were addressed by DRM–ATF members through the DRM Technical Working Group (TWG).
  • Supported the establishment of new zonal DRM–ATFs, including the Arsi Zone Emergency Coordination Task Force in Oromia Region.
  • Contributed to drafting and finalizing the 2014 and 2015 Humanitarian Requirements Document.
  • Supported the Government-led 2014 belg and kiremt seasonal assessments by lending FAO vehicles and livestock, crop and natural resource experts.
  • Prepared a federal-level road map endorsed by the Government to guide disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities, which was adapted to the various regions.
  • Ensured that all agriculture and resilience-building programmes were coordinated and complementary, and aligned to the Government’s agriculture sector frameworks.Provided technical support through the DRM–TWG for the roll out of a new national DRM policy and Government-endorsed strategy on DRM.
  • Advocated for the introduction of nutrition indicators in the Government’s Productive Safety Net Programme and the Household Asset Building Programme.


  • Facilitated information sharing on agricultural threats and hazards, coordination and joint assessments that improved stakeholders’ response to disasters and shocks.
  • Strengthened the linkages between federal, regional and zonal DRM–ATFs through continuous and regular monthly and bimonthly meetings at all levels.
  • Improved DRM–ATF members’ knowledge on disaster and humanitarian response and DRM good practices.