Despite record rates of economic growth in recent years, the levels of poverty in rural Ethiopia remain high. About 38.5% of rural households still live below the food poverty line.
Most of these households are engaged in subsistence farming on small fragmented plots of degraded land, a livelihood increasingly subject to climate change.
Strengthening Food Security Network
We’re a member of the International Food Security Network (IFSN), which works to advance Ethiopia’s food security by enhancing the role, contribution and coordination of food security actors.
There are one national and three sub-national networks that have been operating to achieve that goal.
We support poor women and men farmers individually and in groups to improve agricultural production and productivity.
Activities under this area of intervention include support in agricultural extension service. This service also includes training and exposure visit, the promotion of sustainable small scale irrigation and improving seed and farm tools supply provision of seed money.
We’re supporting poor women and men farmers in producing goats, sheep, dairy cows, and modern beekeeping. We’re also assisting development of animal health services. All animal development activities are performed in organised self-help groups and cooperatives.
Support to Cooperatives
These are agricultural and non-agricultural cooperatives/groups of people established for realising food security and economic empowerment to its members and areas. The major ones are agricultural cooperatives, saving & credit cooperatives, skills based cooperatives and kebele level development groups.
These are organised by the government to facilitate community participation and socio-economic developments.
Emergency response intervention covers;
- Participatory Vulnerability Analysis (PVA).
- Strengthening community-based early warning systems.
- Responding during emergencies
- Supporting people to recover livelihoods after emergency.