Ethiopia Fact Sheet Jan 2005

News and Press Release
Originally published
- A total of 900 households will be the direct beneficiaries of GLAD, and an additional 18,000 will be indirect beneficiaries.

- 565 farmers will be trained and provided with agro-forestry seedlings

- 225 women will be trained and provided with day-old chickens

- 140 farmers will be trained in beekeeping and provided with beehives

- 500 job referrals/matches

- 40 women organized in revolving credit scheme

- 40 shallow wells will be constructed for households' water supply and vegetable gardening

- NGO partners' capacity will be developed to sustain projects.

Generating Income and Overcoming Drought in Ethiopia

Decades of famine and drought have placed a high toll on Ethiopia, and, for many, food security still remains a critical issue. As a result, CHF International is working to empower Ethiopians by exposing them to a more diverse base of income-generating opportunities, to help mitigate the economic impact and physical vulnerability that comes from year after year of drought.

Since June 2004, CHF International has been implementing the Gurage Livelihood and Agriculture Development (GLAD) project in two zones of Ethiopia's Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region -- Gurage and Silte.

With funding from the US Agency for International Development's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), CHF is providing food insecure Ethiopians with technical assistance to diversify their livelihoods and generate more income. Each of the 900 food insecure families currently targeted with the intervention are learning two methods of income generation, beekeeping and more effective ways to brood chicks.

GLAD is training Ethiopian farmers in the project area on modern ways of beekeeping. Ethiopian men how to raise bees, providing farmers dependent on growing crops with a tangible way to diversify their income-generation base, even with minimal rainfall. Later, the honey can be marketed to increase household income. Meanwhile, GLAD is exposing women in each family to a locally developed technology -- known as a hay box chick brooder -- that can increase the production of their chicks by 70 percent. Another income-generating activity organized by CHF is multi purpose tree planting, which provides communities with fruit, fodder and fuel, along with natural resources rehabilitation.

Approximately 40 women impacted by the GLAD are organized in a savings and credit association program that supports them to them to purchase of one heifer or 3 female goats each for income generation.

In December 2004, CHF International began implementing a second program in the country called GEBI, which in Ethiopia's language of Amharic means income. Funded by the US Agency for International Development, the program will work to generate employment and build citizens' economic independence by assisting the Ethiopian government to implement and strengthen its new Productive Safety Net Program (PNSP).

Working in six districts (known as weredas), with the assistance of two local NGOs -- Greener Ethiopia and Kembata Women's Self-Help -- CHF will tailor economic activities that suit each community's needs and priorities, and will help them strengthen their links to markets and marketing. In addition, CHF will help pilot locally produced new technology within each wereda, such as methods to irrigate their fields, and special ploughs that will increase the land's ability to retain moisture.

CHF will also be working to increase the capacity of each wereda's food security task force, by training them on skills such as the database management, so that they can more efficiently gage which households are chronically food insecure.