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Summaries of HUNGER PROJECTS in Africa
Working with LWR Partners

EthiopiaMelka Jebdu River Diversion.

Partners: LWR and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yeksus (EECMY) and the Lutheran World Federation Department of World Service (LWF /DWS).

The North Shoa Zone in central Ethiopia suffers from repeated crop failure due to consecutive years of poor rainfall. Though the current famine is being addressed on an emergency basis, sustainable water management is lacking. Famines will recur as long as farmers must depend on local rainfall.

GOAL: To assist communities in the Melka Jebdu River Valley near Ankober to achieve food security at the household level through irrigation, making careful use of water from the Melka Jebdu river.

OBJECTIVES: LWRs partners, EECMY and LWF/DWS will:

" Increase food production by making water available for irrigation and providing agricultural training and support services.

" Promote sustainable use of natural resources through training in conservation techniques and establishment of tree nurseries.

" Improve the lot of women by providing access to development assistance and credit.

Total Project Support: $130,383 through 2003.

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Hunger Projects : Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

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