CERF-funded Project

Ethiopia

Ensure protection of livelihoods and acceptable food consumption of vulnerable populations at risk of extreme food insecurity due to drought. (20-RR-FAO-034)

Project overview

The main objective of this $8 million FAO project is to mitigate declines in food consumption and loss of livelihoods. Among other activities, FAO will provide drought tolerant seeds to plant 11,750 ha with crops, treat 200,000 animals against diseases, provide 8,500 tonnes of emergency animal feed, and provide cash to 57,500 at-risk households. Short-cycle crops will mature early before depletion of residual moisture due to drought and the provision of a variety of seeds reduces the risk of crop failure and promotes greater variety for food consumption. The provision of unconditional cash packages will cushion vulnerable families from adverse impacts of drought; they will be able to meet their immediate needs without resorting to negative coping mechanisms. The veterinary campaign for livestock will help animals survive during the drought and remain productive assets. Infectious diseases can spread very fast during a drought and when livestock become ill their milk and meat becomes unfit for human consumption which then impacts human nutrition. Finally, the supplementary feed will also contribute to ensuring animals - and thereby people's livelihoods - survive and continue to produce milk for human consumption even when pastures become severely depleted due to drought. Altogether, the project will assist a total of 630,500 people, including 167,703 women and 148,752 girls.