Ethiopia: Resilience & Nutrition Security

Ethiopia: Resilience & Nutrition Security

Up to 80% of the population of Ethiopia lives in rural areas where they are dependent on their own crops. Their agricultural technology and methods are old fashioned and, in addition, natural resources in Ethiopia have been exhausted due to rapid population growth.

These conditions are not sustainable for the long term, as they are accompanied by many additional problems such as water and wind erosion, soil depletion, reduction of agricultural production, and leaching of the most fertile soil. In the Livelihoods and Food Security programmes in Ethiopia, People in Need focuses on sustainable management of natural resources and agricultural education.

This means that we provide technical and professional support for agricultural education centres where they introduce efficient farming practices. For example, increasing diversification of crops which should result in new and more resistant strains that provide food for humans and livestock throughout the year.

Other projects help poor Ethiopians to find alternative sources of livelihood and expand their income. People in Need supports women's cooperatives, farmers and small craftsmen by providing them with materials and training, so that they can put the knowledge gained to effective use.

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Improvements in health, hygiene and sanitation in selected cities and villages of Sidama zone

Improvements in health, hygiene and sanitation in selected cities and villages of Sidama zone

The aim of the project is to improve the health of the local population and prevent infectious diseases. A total of 11 health facilities and 19 schools will have improved hygienic and sanitation conditions. People in Need will repair or build new sanitation facilities in selected hospitals and schools and train local staff and volunteers to further promote awareness of good hygiene habits. Key messages will focus on hand washing, latrine use, and will also help protect children from E-coli infections through the BabyWASH pilot innovation that integrates access to water, sanitation and hygiene along with nutrition during the first 1000 days of child’s live.
Improving livelihoods and nutrition through better community services

Improving livelihoods and nutrition through better community services

The low and ineffective agricultural productivity is one of the most important aspects threatening livelihoods and food security of local farmer communities in the target region. Our goal is therefore to improve the living conditions of poor farmers through sustainable agricultural practices, better nutrition and development of economic activities. Therefore, we improve effectiveness of existing community services and their better access for farmers, introduce sustainable agricultural practices (conservation agriculture and nutrition sensitive agriculture), appropriate processing, storage and marketing of products and increase of diversification in agricultural production with a special focus on nutrient-dense crops. One of the important elements of improving nutrition is awareness about the nutritionally valuable crops. Therefore, we train farmers in new farming practices but also educate local communities to enrich their diet and improve diet for themselves and their families. We cooperate not only with local farmers, but also with experts and government partners, which helped to identify the main challenges and the most effective solutions.

Sustained Diet Quality Improvement by Fortification with Climate-smart, Nutrition-Smart Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato

Sustained Diet Quality Improvement by Fortification with Climate-smart, Nutrition-Smart Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato

Sweetpotato is a cheap, nutritious solution for developing countries needing to grow more food on less land for rapidly multiplying populations. The orange-fleshed varieties of sweetpotato is easy to grow and suitable for climate conditions in Ethiopia, but it also can play a key role in alleviating vitamin A deficiency, which is rampant among children in Ethiopia (40%). Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) increases the risk of disease and death from infections as well as causing blindness. Just 125 grams of OFSP meets the daily vitamin A needs of a young child. The objective of the action is therefore increased intake of vitamin A and improved food security of local farmers. Within the project, the local farmers will be trained in the field of sweet potato cultivation, the awareness raising campaign among local communities about the advantages of sweet potatoes’ cultivation and consummation will be held, the agricultural centres will be materially supported and the farmers will be linked to the local market.

Water Report

Water Report

WaterReport is used for reporting problems with water sources in given areas. Registered users can send SMS with problem description and responsible technicians will arrange a solution. Regular reports about water consumption, collected money or other activities can also be handed over. All problems and reports are displayed on a map or in a table and can be exported according to selected filters.

In Ethiopia, PIN uses the application in Alaba Special Wareda in SNNPR region. Alaba is known for very deep water table and only way to provide drinking water to the communities is via motorized deep boreholes. Such systems are technically and financially demanding. WaterReport serves the purpose of communication channel between water source committees (WASHCOs) and Wareda administration.

There are two types of reports. One, problem report is being sent in case of malfunction or breakdown of any part of the complex system. It enables wareda technicians to respond swiftly and reduce “down-time” of the source. Second type of reporting is a regular one; WASHCOs send administrative data on monthly basis such as water consumption and financial data. This makes the system transparent and enables Wareda administration to store received data in electronic version.

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Ensuring Sustainable Access to the Drinking Water in Sidama Zone

Ensuring Sustainable Access to the Drinking Water in Sidama Zone

The main focus of the water projects is on rehabilitation of existing water schemes and construction of the new ones. Nevertheless establishing a water scheme and distribution network is not enough to guarantee functional drinking water distribution as incorrect manipulation and overlooking small defects can lead to damage of the whole system. The emphasis is thus also placed on management of the whole water system. That is why trainings are provided for employees of the local water associations to help them to manage the system in a better way and to respond to operational problems in a more effective manner.  As the major obstacle seems to be lengthy and often ineffective communication between the scheme operators and the water offices, who manage the repairs, there has been an electronic system for reporting malfunctions introduced in the area. Thanks to simple software, the officials are now able to address the problems reported by the scheme operator via a text message immediately. Since 2017, People in Need has started to map the water sources in Sidama by using the GPS system.

Public is also involved in the project through meetings  and trainings which provide the community members with information about good hygiene habits, especially those concerning proper handling and storage of drinking water.

Program for Improved Nutrition in Sidama and Gedeo Zones (IPIN)

Program for Improved Nutrition in Sidama and Gedeo Zones (IPIN)

Na základě svých dosavadních zkušeností z projektů přispívajících k lepší výživě Člověk v tísni vyvinul vlastní program IPIN (Integrated Programming for Improved Nutrition), který klade důraz na zlepšení výživy dětí v prvních třech letech jejich života, protože právě toto období je z pohledu výživy klíčové.
Každý rok zemřou tři miliony dětí na problémy spojené s podvýživou v prvních 1000 dnech svého života. 

Mnoho dalších je postiženo celoživotním následky – fyzickým či kognitivním poškozením vývoje, jež dále vedou k větším náchylnostem k nemocem, horším výsledkům ve škole a tím pádem i nižším výdělkům v dospělosti. I když se jejich výživa později zlepší, škody napáchané během tohoto období života se z drtivé části nedají napravit. Příčinám podvýživy přitom lze snadno předejít. K dětské úmrtnosti a chudobě ve světě totiž často přispívají špatné hygienické podmínky, málo pestrá strava, nedostatečné zdravotní služby či malá pozornost politiků a donátorů.

Projekt se zaměřuje na osvětu týkající se výživu kojenců (propagace kojení), hygienických návyků (například mytí rukou), ale i větší pestrost jídelníčku díky pěstování více druhů plodin. Velkou roli v projektu hrají vyškolení dobrovolníci, kteří osvětu mezi místním obyvatelstvem provádějí.
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Ensuring Sustainable Access to Drinking water

Ensuring Sustainable Access to Drinking water

Main focus of the project implemented in the area of Alaba is the rehabilitation of existing non-functional boreholes of drinking water and the construction of new schemes, which will take the form of hand-dug wells, in locations where there is high water demand. In order to increase the quality of water further, treatment plants will be constructed as part of the project, which will address the problem of high fluoride content in the drinking water.

Additionally, the emphasis will be placed on water scheme management. Trainings are prepared for the staff of the local water associations to help them to operate the water system in a better way and to effectively respond to operational problems. As the major obstacle seems to be lengthy and often ineffective communication between the scheme operators and the water offices, who manage the repairs, there has been an electronic system for reporting malfunctions introduced in the area. Thanks to simple software, the officials are now able to address the problems reported by the scheme operator via a text message immediately.
    
The difference between this project and those of similar nature implemented in the area lies not only in the newly introduced e-reporting system but also in inclusion of the private sector in the project activities, local suppliers of spare parts in particular.
Support of restoring livelihoods

Support of restoring livelihoods

In 2011 southern and south-eastern Ethiopia was devastatingly affected by drought, which had a disastrous impact on the area and its inhabitants. An estimated 4.5 million people lost their basic source of livelihood and became dependent on food aid. The region suffered from  a shortage of drinking water  as well as a huge loss of grazing/farming land (causing a dramatic 60-95 %  decrease in herds) These developments have resulted in the pastoral communities losing not only a regular supply of food ( especially meat and milk), but their only source of income from the sale of livestock, which collapsed dramatically.
    
PIN responded to the disaster by distributing herding animals to approximately 430 affected families (ten goats per family) and furthermore provided animal medical control and vaccination. It is assumed that 70 % of these assisted families will be able to gain better access to food produce or to sustain sales of reproduced herd.
Creating Resilience in Emergency Prone Areas through Multi-Sectoral Approach

Creating Resilience in Emergency Prone Areas through Multi-Sectoral Approach

This project was designed to increase resilience of people from two woredas in Wolayita Zone and it is implemented by People in Need in cooperation with American non-profitable organization International Medical Corps and Irish organization Concern Worldwide. While our partners address the issues of health and nutrition, PIN is in charge of water and sanitation sector. It is the 3rd continuation of the project funded by the European Commission (1st phase 2013, 2nd phase 2014–2015, 3rd phase 2015–2016) so far.

In the area of water and sanitation the main objective is to improve access to drinking water by building water infrastructure and increasing awareness of hygiene and sanitation practices in the communities, health-care centres and schools. All activities lead to building long-term resilience to crises and environmental upheaval as well as to diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water consumption.

The main objective of the intervention lies in encouraging behavior change in the community through campaigns to promote hygiene practices, strengthen infrastructure (construction and rehabilitation of water schemes) and by increasing expert knowledge of the government officials.  Improving access to sanitation is ensured by the construction of latrines at the key public institutions and demonstration latrines in public places. The emphasis is also placed on proper waste management at health-care centres.
Long-term sustainable management of water sources

Long-term sustainable management of water sources

PIN in Ethiopia aims to promote an effective long-term approach to a water supply. Foremost it is essential to improve the existing system of management of water resources, which is at the present stage failing. PIN oversees that employees are trained in the technical and administrative management of wells and that non-functioning, self governing committees are dismantled and reorganized. 

PIN are working with local authorities to repair the damaged wells and with technical departments of local governments to acquire equipment for routine repair of pumps. The program also includes an educational campaign to promote hygiene practices among residents, hoping that the campaign will reduce the risk of waterborne diseases and plagues, which are very common in the field.
Support of Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Support of Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Natural resources are the main source of livelihood for most Ethiopian families in rural areas. The vast majority of the population depends on fuelwood as their sole source of energy for cooking. This has a drastic impact on deforestation: forest area decreased by 2.3 million hectares between 1997 and 2012. Deforestation and livestock grazing bring about widespread soil degradation, which in turn causes frequent floods and reduction of agricultural production.

People in Need (PIN) has adopted a holistic approach to improve ecological stability of those affected by the floods. At the same time it has been strengthening the capacity of people responsible for their long-term protection. In close cooperation with local agricultural authorities, PIN provides support for community development agents and seeks to involve communities in the development and implementation of plans for sustainable management of the landscape. These practical plans – developed with technical specialization by relevant experts – outline long-term priorities and obligations for communities for effective watershed management. Areas which are affected by erosion the most are closed and protected by legislation on community level in order to prevent the territory against grazing. This allows thousands of new trees to grow in peace and to protect soil from erosion.
    
    
In order to reduce the need for fuelwood, PIN supports local communities in selling of stoves with low energy consumption. Within project, marketing strategies for promotion of stoves are being developed and links between sellers and buyers established. The project supports households in securing alternative sources of livelihood, such as beekeeping. In terms of management of natural resources, beekeeping is an additional activity of farmers, because in order to increase the yield of honey, the communities seek to secure enough bee forage, and thus contribute to protection and regeneration of vegetation.

In total, 3,115 people living in the surroundings of rehabilitation areas benefit from the project directly, together with local development workers, government officials and manufacturers, dealers and distributors of energy-saving stoves for cooking. The final number of beneficiaries gaining support from the project amounts to 30,814 people, all residents of 4 target kebeles of Shebedino district.
Restoration of livelihoods

Restoration of livelihoods

The Somali region area is often characterized by malnutrition (especially amongst young children and nursing mothers), caused by frequent period of droughts. PIN decided to assist the local community in building a gravity irrigation channel that during the annual floods brings water to the farmers' fields. Apart from the construction of such channel systems, further forms of humanitarian aid were distributed amongst the local farming communities – the most in need were provided with seeds, or other basic material and the poorest families were presented with goats or sheep bought from The real gift collection funds.  Overall this project according to PIN estimates, directly or indirectly, helped more than a 10 thousand inhabitants of the Somali region.
Ensuring access to safe drinking water and reduction of diarrheal disease

Ensuring access to safe drinking water and reduction of diarrheal disease

People in Need (PIN) is working together in cooperation with the Sidama Water Supply Company IRCON to improve the drinking water supply within the Sidama Zone in the south of the country. By organizing awareness campaigns and training courses for local residents, especially teachers, students and employees of the health care sector as well as the general public, people are becoming increasingly aware of good hygiene habits, basic health principles and are taught the careful use of modernized systems of drinking water.

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