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Building Resilience of Communities in Dryland Areas: Examples from CMDRR (ECHO-Funded) and RAIN (OFDA-Funded) Projects ...

Building Resilience of Communities in Dryland Areas: Examples from CMDRR (ECHO-Funded) and RAIN (OFDA-Funded) Projects

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  • 1. Building Resilience of Communities in Dryland Areas: Examples from CMDRR (ECHO-Funded) and RAIN (OFDA-Funded) Projects EU- USAID Stakeholders Experience Sharing/Dialogue Forum Teriessa Jalleta, Save the Children 6-7 December 2012, Dire Dawa
  • 2. • Save the Children remained one of the key partners in implementation of a number of food security/livelihood projects in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas targeting drought and affected and vulnerable households • And a number of good practices and lessons documented and shared as appropriate • For the purpose of this workshop, only 4 examples were picked: – Small Scale Development - EC/ECHO funded DRR – Water Schemes Rehabilitation - EC/ECHO funded DRR – Abattoir development – USAID/OFDA funded through MC – Livestock/Milk Value Chain Development - USAID/OFDA funded through MC
  • 3. 1. Upgrading Small Scale Irrigation Scheme (ECHO fund)   • SSI upgraded in Barak of Shinille woreda of Somali Region as part of DRR • Before the SSI upgrading, communities used traditional irrigation to produce only sorghum and maize • After upgrading, beneficiaries produce others vegetables and fruits (potatoes, tomatoes, onions , mangos and bananas) • Direct beneficiaries = 200 households.
  • 4. • The scheme has considerably changed the livelihoods of targeted agro-pastoral households. – The beneficiaries managed to lead settled/stable lives, – Converted unproductive land to productive one, – Diversified and improved income and bridged their six months food gap that was common prior to the intervention, – The livelihood of beneficiaries is improving in comparison with the non-beneficiaries, – Crop productivity increased - 3qt/ha to 20qt/ha (sorghum) – The household production increased by over 300%.
  • 5. 2. Water Points Rehabilitation (ECHO fund) •  As per findings and recommendations of various assessments and the community action plan exercises, identified potential areas (Regden of Ewa of Afar) • The project supported rehabilitation of 10 water points, serving 2500 households. • Rehabilitation of the water points increased utilization efficiency and hygiene.
  • 6. 3. Livestock/Milk Value Chain (OFDA funded) •  RAIN supported live animals and milk value chain: – organizing producers and traders into formal traders’ cooperatives, (in Biki village of Afdem and Dhadhamane village of Babile) – linkage to market sources such as abattoirs at Mojo. • Large number of live animals supplied (8750 shoats between October 2011 and March 2012). • The bargaining and negotiation power of the cooperative improved and the price of live animals has increased from time to time (from Birr 22.5/kg to Birr 29/kg). • Brought about positive attitudes of producers and traders
  • 7. 4. Development of meat market hubs and slaughter slabs (OFDA fund) • Established slaughter slabs and market hubs • The facilities resulted in improvement of hygiene and quality of products, • Stimulation of economic activities and longer term employment opportunities. • Its management is handed over to cooperatives (member of 20, of which 16 are women)
  • 8. – Supported construction of a slaughter slab. – The centre providing proper services for the surrounding community, • at least for 500 clients from Shinille and Dire Dawa. • Within a day, 15-20 shoats are slaughtered. • The facilities well regarded by the government for replication • This experience is documented and widely shared for replication to other areas of similar needs
  • 9. Thanks