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Dates: 2014 – 2017

Funders: Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Implementing partner: Lutheran World Federation Ethiopia

Expected number of beneficiaries: 4,670 people


This project will help families in Ethiopia improve their access to sustainable food sources. The project involves constructing two small-scale irrigation systems, improving natural resource conservation measures, introducing improved agricultural technologies and practices, enhancing marketing of surplus crops, and providing training on improved nutritional practices.

Beneficiaries have created water user’s committees to manage and maintain the irrigation systems. Additionally, 100,000 types of trees, forages and fruit seedlings have been produced and planted around farmlands, homelands, depleted watersheds, communal hillsides, churches, and buildings to prevent erosion and improve the land’s ability to retain water.


Ayen Kassa
Ayen Kassa is the chairman of a local watershed committee. He's seen positive changes as a result of the project, sharing that the natural springs are producing much more water than before. The project includes the construction of irrigation channels, natural resource conservation and partnership with farmers to increase their agricultural production and their access to markets.


Irrigation canal
An irrigation canal in Lalibela, Ethiopia


Irrigated hillside
The construction of irrigation canals and planting of saplings on eroded hillsides has had a positive impact on the natural environment in Lalibela, Ethiopia and improved the community’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate change.