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Drought Recovery Response in Ethiopia

Drought Recovery Response in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Drought Recovery Response in Ethiopia

Target areas:

Afar, Amhara, Somali and Tigray Regions

USD 6 000 000
Project code:

To help improve the resilience of drought-affected smallholder farmers living in the belg/meher agro-ecological zones of the eastern highlands of Ethiopia and pastoral communities through improved crop and livestock production and natural resource management.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, regional, zone and woreda Pastoral, Agricultural and Rural Development Bureaus.

Beneficiaries reached:

15 870 households benefited from the crop production component, 11 038 households from the livestock component, some 25 000 smallholder farmers from the watershed management component and 4 486 students benefited from the school feeding component.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 2 222 quintals of teff, maize, wheat and rice seed to 15 870 households.
  • Distributed 7 500 banana plants and 4 500 mango seedlings to establish two nurseries and to 1 250 agropastoral households to start homestead gardening.
  • Trained 22 extension workers on wheat rust survey; and 35 experts, 102 Development Agents and 1 575 farmers on integrated pest management (IPM).
  • Supported an international conference on chickpea, the annual conference of the Ethiopian Seed Growers and Producers’ Association, and the production of manuals on IPM and hybrid maize seed production. 
  • Provided training and inputs for improved livestock feeding – processing and treating of crop residues, rehabilitation of rangelands, backyard fodder production.
  • Provided training and inputs for livestock product marketing – experience sharing visits, bookkeeping, construction of milk shop and livestock feed shade.
  • Vaccinated 4.2 million goats and sheep against PPR and sheep and goat pox and 1.9 million chickens against Newcastle disease.
  • Connected 168 active community animal health workers with 28 private pharmacies.
  • Conducted integrated watershed management practices at nine watersheds, benefiting 25 000 people.
  • Piloted school feeding programmes by training and linking smallholder farmers with schools to provide a steady supply of fresh produce.
  • Beneficiaries planted 6 461.5 ha of cereal crops.
  • Livestock benefiting from improved feed had 50–100 percent rise in milk production.
  • Animal health care system strengthened at regional and national levels.
  • Water management practices improved and rangeland deterioration tackled. 
  • School attendance rates and child nutrition improved at schools participating in the  hunger-free schools pilot.