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Summaries of HUNGER PROJECTS in Africa
Working with LWR Partners

EthiopiaFood Security Intervention in the Southern Region of Ethiopia

Partners: Partners: LWR and International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)

Food security and livelihoods are fragile in southern Ethiopia. The area is characterized by high population density with a higher than average family size, small land holding per household and heavy reliance on rain. For instance, by early 2000 it was evident that two consecutive years of late rains, poor crop performance, and deteriorating livestock conditions due to lack of pasture and drinking water had resulted in a quick decline in food security and alarmingly high malnutrition rates in the area necessitating relief food distribution to more than 400,000 people. This project addresses food security and livelihood concerns in three districts of southern Ethiopia.

GOAL: IIRR will work closely with three other local grassroots organizations. IIRR/Africas main objective is taking the role of an intermediary capacity-building organization for local community groups working on food security, natural resource management, and reproductive health; through learning and sharing of knowledge derived from the participatory development practices.

The main purpose of this rural-based project is to enhance the food security and the livelihoods of more than 10,000 people by building the management and technical capacity of three grassroots organizations and by improving access to appropriate farming technologies. The project will also seek to diversify approaches to food production and household income.

LWRs accompaniment strategy will include supporting the partner in diversifying its funding sources for the next phase of the project, and identify the appropriate roles of different stakeholders and implementation priorities.

OBJECTIVES:LWRs partner, IIRR, will:

" Work with three community-based organizations to facilitate the lead in planning and implementing development projects. Community self-help groups like the beekeepers association, grain banking and marketing cooperative will further manage their own activities.

" Improve food security from the adoption of seed multiplication and seed banking techniques and sustainable farming technologies, including bio-intensive farming.

" Increase household income by at least 25 percent from the promotion of farm and non-farm related income-generating activities, including bee and poultry keeping, and a credit/savings/marketing cooperative.

" Benefit farmers from the training and experiences of farmer extension agents who will be conducting periodical visits and imparting their skills.

Approved Project Support: $156,550 through 2003.

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