The project aims to promote the resilience of shocks and stresses caused by climate-related extreme weather and environmental degradation. Ethiopia experiences many climate related hazards, and while in some parts the frequency and severity of such events allow people enough recovery time to normalize their lives and livelihoods, in the Somali region these become protracted. Not only has the recurrence of droughts in this area increased, but it is also an area with man-made hazards such as environmental degradation. This makes Somali region one of the most food and water insecure of the country. The 9 targeted kebeles are spread over 3 woredas in the Somali Regional State, Fafan zone. The Kebeles are, Tikdam, Bombas and Adade in Gursum, Hare, Kebri Ahmed, Harta Cali Bayle, Yosle and Bldandere in Jijiga and Gabagabo in Tuliguled.
We hope to ensure the people are more food secure, through improved food production and increased household income. We provide small loans, strengthen market linkage, and also distribute solar lamps. We work with them to prepare them for recurrent shocks such as droughts and floods, teaching them improved agricultural and pastoralist practices. Management authorities will also be targeted to ensure enhanced management of distribution and water recources, and everyone is taught about efficient use of the available water and source protection.
The project will be implemented in 9 kebeles and all community members will in one way or the other benefit from the project interventions. This is a total of 69,000 people. Vulnerable groups such as, women, children, the poorest households and the handicapped will be specifically targeted. The implementing partner is Ethiopian Red Cross Soceity, working in cooperation with the The Netherlands Red Cross with funding from both partners and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs.