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Building resilient livelihoods in Afar Region

Building resilient livelihoods in Afar Region

Full title of the project:

Building resilient livelihoods in Afar Region

Target areas:

22 woredas in Afar Region

USD 1 277 882
Project code:

To improve food security, sustainable livelihood development and resilience of Afar Region pastoralists, agropastoralists and peri-urban communities through the promotion of appropriate technologies, livelihood diversification, capacity building, improved value chains and sound management of the resource base.

Key partners:

Afar Pastoral Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau, woreda Pastoral Agriculture and Rural Development Offices, Afar Water Resources Development Bureau, Afar Water Works Construction Enterprise and the Afar Pastoral and Agropastoral Research Institute.

Beneficiaries reached:

12 557 pastoralist, agropastoralist and ex-pastoralist households.

Activities implemented:
  • Supported the rehabilitation of 450 ha of degraded rangeland. 
  • Constructed two livestock water points with a combined capacity of 23 918 m3.
  • Provided veterinary supplies necessary for the treatment of 59 875 heads of livestock belonging to 5 988 households. 
  • Trained 88 community animal health workers and 108 public animal health workers on livestock disease surveillance and reporting. 
  • Developed a disease control strategy for peste des petits ruminants in Afar Region.
  • Rehabilitated a pump house, installed and upgraded a pump system, and constructed pipelines and canals for the Halbi kebele irrigation scheme. 
  • Distributed maize, onion and tomato seeds, tuber planting materials and banana suckers to 3 821 agropastoral households (1 004 female-headed). 
  • Constructed 50 silos for grain storage.
  • Assisted value chain enhancement and improving production practices with the Small Ruminant Conditioning and Marketing Cooperative and the Dairy Products Processing and Marketing Cooperative.
  • Increased availability of and access to water and grazing land for livestock. 
  • Enhanced disease surveillance and control capacities for improved delivery of animal health services.
  • Increased access to irrigation water for the irrigation of 150 ha of forage and maize. 
  • Enabled beneficiaries to produce high-value, nutrient-rich food for household consumption and sale on the local market. 
  • Improved the availability of high-yielding seed varieties for agropastoral households. 
  • Contributed to the creation of sustainable employment and income generating opportunities for ex-pastoralists and vulnerable pastoral and agropastoral households.