Despite much progress, Ethiopia remains one of Africa’s poorest nations with a third of the population living below the poverty line.
Increasing farm production, supporting new enterprise and developing market opportunities for farmers is at the core of Self Help Africa’s work in Ethiopia.
Current projects in the country also focus on strengthening community-based seed production, improving the resilience of local agricultural communities to changing climate, and on improving productivity and livestock value chains.
Last year, the organisation was involved in implementing close
to a dozen development projects, all of which are being undertaken in collaboration with local and/or international partners.
Full Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Population: 102.4 million (World Bank, 2016)
Capital: Addis Ababa
Area: 1,104,300 SQ KM (426,371 SQ Miles)
Major Languages: Amharic (Official)
Major Religions: Christianity, Islam, Traditional Beliefs
BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH SEED ENTERPRISE TRANSFORMATION (BOSET)
The BOSET project is improving the economic, ecological and organisational resilience of smallholder farmers through on-farm disaster risk management interventions in drought-prone areas.
MALT BARLEY VALUE-CHAIN DEVELOPMENT
The project is helping to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers and farmers cooperatives to produce a higher quality and quantity of malt barley, as well as securing a better price for their grain.
SCALING UP RURAL SAVINGS AND CREDIT COOPERATIVES
Amhara, Oromia and SNNP Regions
The project improves the access to rural finance for smallholder farmers. This enables farmers to save for leaner times and to invest in productive assets, allowing them to diversify their incomes and to improve their household food security.
EARLY SEED GENERATION II
The project aims to prove the viability of farmer-led seed production as a means to address limited seed availability in Ethiopia. The second phase of this project extends the reach of farmer-led seed production to a new region and by adding a new crop: maize.
SCALING COMMUNITY BASED SEED PRODUCTION
The aim is to create self-sustaining community-based seed cooperatives that fulfil current unmet demand. The cooperatives are producing self-pollinating varieties of crops, reaching remote regions and promoting climate-smart seed production.
SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES (STAR)
The STAR project is addressing the vulnerability of farmers to external shocks such as extreme climatic events by improving production of crops and livestock, and creating better links to markets.
LIVESTOCK GROWTH PROGRAMME
This five-year project is designed to reduce poverty by improving the productivity and competitiveness of livestock value chains and to improve the quality and diversity of household diets through the intake of livestock products.
Over two years, our climate-smart agriculture project aims to promote a climate-smart approach to agriculture built on the three key pillars of: increasing farm productivity, enhancing resilience and reducing agriculture’s contribution to climate change.
SMALLHOLDER SUPPORT SCHEME
We are working with 800 smallholder farmers to increase their production and productivity of maize and soybean and to capitalize on their market opportunities through farmers cooperative unions.