Implementing Agency: UNDP
SCCF Project Grant: 995,000 USD
Climate change is already affecting the security of Ethiopia’s sustainable development. Rain-fed agricultural production, mushrooming population growth, and a decline in per capita environmental resource availability (including arable land, water, pasture, forest and biodiversity) render the livelihoods of the majority of the population sensitive to climate-related shocks including drought and flooding. Vulnerability analyses for Ethiopia suggest that climate change will present a serious threat to economic and social sectors.
Water is a specifically fragile resource with the frequency and intensity of drought projected to increase. Addressing long-term climate change is thus required to reduce the impacts on livelihoods and bolster major economic sectors such as agriculture, which is the mainstay of the country. In response, and as part of a set of three other "Coping with Drought and Climate Change" projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, this project is working to improve the livelihood strategies and resilience of farmers. Through enhanced farming practice and improvement of community-based natural resource management, rural communities are adapting to water scarcity and drought. This project is also establishing the use of early warning systems to bolster resilience in the agricultural sector.
Source: Adaptation Learning Mechanism (UNDP)