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Strengthening Drought Resilience in the Somali Region (Ethiopia)


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Strengthening Drought Resilience in the Somali Region (Ethiopia)

This is a contribution to the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), within a programme co-financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ). It allows the expansion of effective drought resilience experience in Afar into the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. GIZ and the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture will pilot and document natural resources rehabilitation and livelihood improvement measures through participatory approaches, addressing the priority concerns of local pastoralist populations.

Pays/Région : Ethiopie

Durée : 01.02.2014 - 31.12.2018

Pastoralists, whose livlihoods largely depend on livestock production, occupy most of the drylands of the Horn of Africa. The Somali Regional State (SRS) has an estimated population of about 4.5 million (mostly pastoralists), 85% of which live in rural areas. Small scale irrigated agriculture along river basins and rain-fed agriculture play a modest role as complementary income and nutrition sources. Advancing natural resources degradation, as a result of growing human and livestock pressure and the weakening of traditional natural resources management systems, has exposed these areas to increased vulnerability to both natural and manmade disasters. The drylands are affected by recurrent drought crisis, that of 2011 having been the worst in 60 years. As a result, grazing resources have been severely degraded, becoming less productive and encroached by invasive unpalatable weed species. The absence of efficient early warning systems, poor infrastructure, limited access to markets as well as basic animal and human health services, have further exacerbated the decline or collapse of resilience mechanisms to drought and other shocks. In line with a regional commitment to end drought emergencies and build resilience under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, the Ethiopian Government has developed a Country Programming Paper and issued a new Disaster Risk Management Strategy. This Project targets 457’086, 277’560 and 109’718 people in respectively the Siti, Jigjiga and Gode zones of the SRS.

Target communities and responsible institutions in target districts (woredas) of the Somali Region implement drought resilience measures addressing the concerns of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists.

Groupes cibles  : * “Micro” level : Pastoral and agro pastoral communities in selected districts of Siti, Fafan and Gode zones. ; * “Meso” level : Key staff and Development Agents of the Bureau of Livestock, Crop and Rural Development. ; * “Macro” level : Government staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, natural resources and livestock sectors.

Partenaires  : Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Somali Region Bureau of Water Resources (BoWR), Somali Region Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Research Institute (SoRPARI).

Swiss Budget : CHF 6’000’000
Budget inclusive project partner  : CHF 7’175’000

Coopération Suisse

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