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Improving Food Security, Nutrition and Livelihoods through Emergency Seed Provision in Ethiopia - TCP ETH 3601










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    Emergency assistance for smallholders affected by el niño-induced drought in Ethiopia - TCP/ETH/3504 2017
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    Despite government efforts to reduce poverty and food insecurity, Ethiopia remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with around 25 million people living in extreme poverty. The country is exposed to a wide range of natural hazards, especially recurrent drought, such as that induced by El Niño in Amhara and Tigray Regions in 2014/15. The aim of the project was to provide emergency assistance in these regions for vulnerable smallholder households affected by the 2014/15 drought, many of whom had consumed their seed reserves. It would do this by distributing cereal, potato and vegetable seed, and hand tools to assist with the preparation, tending and harvesting of the potato and vegetable crops produced with the distributed seed, and through the provision of training.
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    Emergency Support to Households Affected by El Niño-Induced Drought in the Kingdom of Eswatini - TCP/SWA/3601 2019
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    The agriculture sector is crucial to the livelihoods of over 70 percent of the rural population in the Kingdom of Eswatini, most of whom are subsistence farmers. The country faces a number of challenges to agricultural production, including drought induced by El Niño. In February 2016, the El Niño-induced drought was declared a national disaster, causing serious implications for approximately 35 000 households who were not be able to afford inputs for planting, as well as many other farmers who experienced a drastic decline in harvest. The aim of the project was to support 2 500 of the most vulnerable households affected by the drought through the provision of emergency assistance in the form of training and technical support on the use of Climate-smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies and seed and hand tool distribution.
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    Building Resilience to Drought in Lesotho - TCP LES 3601 2018
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    Nearly 75 percent of Lesotho’s population live in rural areas and depend on farming for their livelihoods. The proportion of people living below the poverty line is increasing, and arable land is extremely limited (9 percent of the total area). When the El Niño-induced drought struck in 2015, the agricultural sector was strongly impacted, and the Government of Lesotho declared a state of drought emergency. Many households did not plant at all, leading to a drastic decline in food availability and harvest. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and the Bureau of Statistics, this project provided urgently needed resources to initiate support for the most vulnerable households in the country. This project aimed to enhance resilience, rebuild agricultural capacities and support the production of short-cycle vegetables and staple crops, thereby increasing food availability and diversity for those most negatively affected by the drought.

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