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Dates: 2016 – 2018

Funders: Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Aura National Regional State (ANRS Ethiopia)

Implementing partner: Support for Sustainable Development

Expected number of beneficiaries: 4,410 people


In response to the ongoing drought in the Berhale District, this project will employ community members to develop 160 hectares of irrigable land along the Demale River through a food-for-work program.

Each of the 480 households participating will receive titles to a piece of the irrigable land, along with training in sustainable farming and irrigation practices. The beneficiaries will enhance their knowledge and skills through the establishment of a water users’ associations, the organization of women’s savings and credit groups and training in nutritional best practices.