To combat these obstacles, USAID is supporting a program that trains farmers in modern irrigation and horticultural practices. Girma, a 50-year old Tigray farmer, built hillside terraces to prevent erosion and dug a well to irrigate his crops. His harvest has increased substantially.
"Three years ago there was not enough water for drinking or irrigation. Now with our conservation methods, I have profits from the sale of vegetables and enough money to buy cereals for my family and further develop my farming business," says Girma.