Food Security and Smallholder Farming in Ethiopia
Date:2013 to 2015
The project seeks to sustainably graduate at least 50,000 food insecure households in four regions in Ethiopia. The aim is is to enhance the capacity of smallholders to withstand social and environmental shocks and improve their productivity.
Despite double-digit growth over the past decade, a an average of six million Ethiopians face acute food shortages annually. While the Ethiopian Government's Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) serves to protect the most vulnerable households from asset depletion in times of social or environmental distress; relatively few of these households 'graduate' from the program with the capacity to withstand recurring threats of sliding back into conditions of absolute precarity. In collaboration with CARE-Ethiopia, this project seeks to conduct research to promote an appropriate package of programs to sustainably graduate at least 50,000 households.
Planning and strategy meetings were held in Ethiopia with all the key stakeholders, and preliminary research conducted in the CARE program sites.
This is an ongoing research, but has already made an impact in terms of how the constraints facing smallholder farmers are conceptualized and appropriate programs developed to overcome the constraints. Without a social science perspective, it would have been difficult to design a program on sustainability that resonates with the needs and understandings of the four communities and 50,000 households directly impacted by the CARE-GRAD program.