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12 Aug 2013 description

Highlights

  • With better seeds, fertilizer and training from farmers unions, farmers are seeing crop yields rise up to 100%.

  • The programme, introduced by the Agricultural Transformation Agency, began with 2 farmers and is spreading to 2 million this year.

  • Ethiopian poverty rates have fallen from 40 percent to 29 percent between 2005 and 2012.

Hurgessa Gutema owns a small farm in Wolisso in central Ethiopia.

With help from a local farming co-operative, his crop yield is rising year after year.

27 May 2013 description

Genet Tesfaye is a young, married mother of one living in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. A potter by trade, Genet has been contributing more and more to her family’s income through her craft.

Ethiopia has a diverse and rich cultural heritage, and a joint UNDP-UNESCO project is taking advantage of that heritage to help support the country’s fight against poverty. As part of that project, Genet and other women in a cooperative were trained to improve their skills.