Helping Ethiopia enhance food security

May 12, 2017

UNDP and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) have signed an agreement on a five-year climate change project.

The project, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with USD 10,239,450, while UNDP has contributed USD 500,000, is expected to enhance the planning, implementation and monitoring of priority climate change mitigation and adaptation actions as well as promoting sustainable resource management.

The intervention will leverage existing investments in smallholder agriculture, which still dominates the sector in Ethiopia, and through safeguarding ecosystem services build sustainability and resilience in the food production systems.

Specifically, the project will focus on the following four areas (1) soil and water conservation; (2) diversification of production systems; (2) integrated natural resource management; and (4) supportive policies and institutional frameworks for transformational change in food security.

Women play a major role in Ethiopia as food producers and processors. When communities are faced with resource scarcity it is predominantly women smallholders that bear the brunt. The new project will seek to target women as well as rural youth to help them move towards more sustainable adaptive pathways that address stressors and help them achieve food security.

The project sites in Ethiopia are Afar, Amhara , Oromiya,  , Somali and SNNP  and Tigray regional states.

The intervention, formally referred to as the ‘Integrated Landscape Management to Enhance Food Security and Ecosystem Resilience’ project is part of the GEF integrated approach pilot (IAP) to be implemented in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Countries in addition to Ethiopia, including Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.  The pilot approach seeks to foster sustainability and resilience for food security in the region.

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