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Resilience through innovative agro practices (Ethiopia)


Titre : Resilience through innovative agro practices (Ethiopia)

Pays /Région : Ethiopie

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

Contexte : 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.

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.

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.

Partenaire : Inter Aide

Bénéficiaires : 29 800 ( 5158 farmers involved)

Louis Dreyfus Fondation

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