Ethiopia: Enabling pastoral communities to adapt to climate change and restoring rangeland environments
A recent study concluded that small-scale farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia are likely to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of climate change in the region, which will include increased poverty, water scarcity and food insecurity. This Joint Programme is enabling pastoral communities whose livelihoods are based on climate-dependent livestock farming to better adapt to climate variability and climate change.
This is being achieved through a consolidated adaptation programme including: alternative income generation opportunities; improving rangeland management; raising awareness of stakeholders on adaptation options; empowering pastoral communities to better participate in decision making related to their livelihoods and integrating these options in relevant plans and policies.
This programme targets communities in Afar, Somali, SNNPR and Oromia Regional states and involves the participation of pastoral communities, central and local government, civil society and the private sector, as well as several UN Agencies within the UNDAF framework, including FAO, UNEP,WFP and UNDP.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- 32 School teachers, 69 Wereda experts and Development Agents and 46 alternative school teachers and extension agents received training on climate change adaptation /mitigation and disaster risk management, enabling them to provide better support to pastoral communities to develop climate-resilient livelihoods.
- An assessment of adaptation technologies was tested in different parts of the country and selected technologies were documented and downscaled to community members.
- At the community level, access to drinking water increased thanks to the construction of wells, water harvesting facilities and a reservoir. 19 cooperatives were established to promote livestock marketing and small business ventures involving 614 pastoralists.