Ethiopian farmers rely on rainfall to make a living and are adversely affected by extreme weather events and changing weather patterns. Female farmers’ low access to education, credit and technology makes them more exposed to the negative impacts of climate extremes.
Small changes to traditional farming practices can lessen the impact of climate shocks on farmers’ yields, allowing them to adapt to a changing climate and reduce agriculture’s environmental impact.
Farm Africa is working with the Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Associations (UEWCA) to help people living across Ethiopia adapt to and mitigate against climate change.
This project will raise 450,000 people’s awareness of climate change by:
Adapt to a changing climate
Climate-smart agriculture training sessions allow farmers to intensify crop production and improve yields, while enhancing and protecting natural resources.
This project will help farmers generate income from a diverse range of activities so they can stabilise their incomes during weather extremes. We will:
Natural resource management
We will help communities protect the environment by:
Economically empowering farmers
Sixty Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) will be established so that farmers can unite to save and make funds available in times of need and to invest in each other’s businesses. Farm Africa and UEWCA will train group members in financial literacy, record keeping and how to manage saving and loan schemes.
With funding from SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), Farm Africa is working with UEWCA, an organisation that strives to improve the living standard of poor and marginalised women and girls through socio-economic empowerment. Farm Africa is partnering with the UEWCA through twelve sub-grantee civil society organisations.