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Disaster risk management – root and tuber crops response intervention in Ethiopia

Disaster risk management – root and tuber crops response intervention in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

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

Target areas:

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 248 685
Implementation:
17/07/2012-15/01/2013
Project code:
OSRO/ETH/207/CHA
Objective:

To improve household food and nutrition security in poor smallholder farming communities affected by two successive below-normal Belg rains.

Key partners:

Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, GOAL, International Medical Corp, ChildFund, Concern and World Vision Ethiopia.

Beneficiaries reached:

14 245 households in five woredas.

Activities implemented:
  • Held an inception workshop with 25 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 10 million sweet potato cuttings and 750 000 cassava cuttings to 14 245 beneficiary households, more than 14 percent above the planned number of beneficiaries.
  • Collected feedback from farmers and government extension officers on the quality of the planting material.
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.
  • Good performance of both crops helped drought-affected farmers improve their food security and also strengthened local seed systems.
  • Experts and beneficiaries confirmed that the quality of the planting materials was significantly higher than what they had used in the past.