Wednesday, 7 November 2018

20,000 Ethiopian Smallholders Targeted with Climate Smart Technology

CTA together with Farm Africa has launched a new project to promote the resilience of smallholder farmers against climate change in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). The launch is the third and final of a CTA initiative that supports the scaling of proven climate smart agriculture technologies in Jamaica, Mali and now Ethiopia.

The 22-month project, entitled ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Ethiopia’, will help smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change through adoption of climate-smart technologies and practices, including the provision of ICT based weather and market information. It will target 20,000 smallholder farmers in three districts (known as woredas) of the region, namely Halaba special woreda, Hadero Tunto and Damot Gale.

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) has been developed as an approach to attain ‘triple wins’ in agriculture through increased agricultural productivity, adaptation (supporting crops to grow in changing climate conditions), and mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions). Despite the existence of many innovative CSA innovations, mass adoption of these potentially game-changing agricultural approaches by farmers has been slow.

“We need to build the capacity of smallholder farmers to cope with unpredictable climate variability through innovations in technology and improved farming practices. This project will serve to test some of these innovations and open the way to scaling up successful practices to a large number of farmers,” said Michael Hailu, Director of the CTA.

Yasmin Abdulwassie, Director of Farm Africa Ethiopia, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with CTA to help farmers across SNNPR increase their yields in an environmentally sustainable way. This project will help boost not only food security but household incomes for thousands of people living in a region prone to climate extremes.”

The funding for the project comes from the European Union through CTA. Expected outcomes include increased farm productivity and food security for smallholder farmers and improved adaptive capacity to climate uncertainties for smallholder farmers. Overall, through increased field uptake of CSA, the initiative will lead to improved food security and resilience for 50,000 smallholder farmers in three ACP countries.

For more information or to request an interview, contact Toby Johnson, Team Leader Communications, CTA, +31 (0) 6 10 88 50 80, johnson@cta.int

About CTA

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

About Farm Africa

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa. We help farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more, while protecting the environment for years to come. We work with different types of farmers in a range of regions, from dry rangelands to lush, diverse forests. Their situations may vary, but these small-scale farmers face increasing economic and environmental challenges.

Since its establishment in 1985, Farm Africa has been working in Eastern Africa to reduce rural poverty by developing small-scale agriculture. Farm Africa works in four countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We previously worked in the world's newest country, South Sudan, but were unable to continue our work there due to ongoing conflict.

Farm Africa has worked in Ethiopia since 1988. The first project focused on helping widows living in poverty make a living from rearing goats. To this day, Farm Africa has undertaken a total of 96 projects in Ethiopia.

The office now implements projects in different parts of the country focusing on safeguarding the environment, developing agricultural expertise and boosting business to drive prosperity.

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