Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Farmers collect the rain

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Food and economic insecurity are all too common in Ethiopia's large Oromia region, home to 25 million people. Subject to the vagaries of Ethiopia's rain - often inadequate or, many years, failing altogether - families have trouble producing enough food with sufficient nutritional quality. At best, many get only one harvest a year.

That is dramatically changing with USAID's help. To help stabilize water supply for the crops, farmers are given cement and shown how to build concrete water structures that collect the rain. They also learn how to construct simple drip irrigation systems to take the collected water to their crops during the drier growing season.