Resilience through innovative agro practices

Micro-Farming / Ethiopia

In the Kembata and Hadiya regions of Ethiopia, communities practice manual, rain-dependent agriculture on small family farms which are getting smaller as population density increases, putting farmer incomes at risk. In this context, farming families must find ways to diversify and intensify their production capacity, while adapting to climate change. 

our Impact

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3,074

farmers involved

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17,800

beneficiaries

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1,170

quintals of potato seeds produced​

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22,985

trees planted

Our work

The program run by the Foundation with partner Inter Aide focuses on improving resilience and food security through diversification, by adopting an innovative approach that combines fodder production and soil and water conservation.

Fodder is planted on anti-erosive structures and unproductive areas of the farm, contributing to moisture and fertility conservation. Used by farmers themselves and also sold locally, the fodder provides families with a new source of revenue while addressing fodder scarcity, fighting soil erosion and improving soil productivity. 

In the latest project cycle, the Foundation is working to increase the resilience of smallholder farming families in the country’s highlands, through the adoption of innovative fertility management practices (green manure, legume associations, productive contour hedging, etc.) and self-seeding production practices.  

Key impacts

383 farmers have tested the integration of green manure practices to improve soil fertility, leading to increased crop productivity and derived revenues. 1,834 farmers have diversified their fodder resources by planting perennial grass, legumes and trees, and increased their income thanks to fodder collection and sale. Lastly, fodder availability enhances animal performance, which also contributes to wealth creation.

About our partner

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With a presence in Haiti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sierra Leone, Inter Aide specializes in the design, implementation and evaluation of development programs focusing mainly on safe water supply, agriculture, health and education. Their agricultural program focuses on smallholder families living in isolated yet densely populated areas, cropping on micro-farms and facing food insecurity and poverty.

Project duration

2015 to 2016 (Phase 1)
2016 to 2017 (Phase 2)
2018 to 2019 (Phase 3)

 

TESTIMONIAL

My family’s farm is located on a steep mountain slope. When I got involved in the project, I decided to intercrop grass fodder with alfalfa. This allows me to protect my land from erosion and produce animal feed. I was able to buy oxen for fattening, that I later sold at a profit, and my wife now produces dairy products which she sells at the market, generating more money for our family.

Ato Tesfay, Doyo Gena

South Ethopia