Send a Cow

Building resilience to climate change in Ethiopia

Enable 4,052 families to adapt to the effects of climate change. Skills in sustainable climate-smart agriculture and management of natural resources will boost food production enabling people to thrive. Income generating activities will help families to be more resilient to flooding and drought.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (299717)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£75,000

Amount raised

£81,064

Donations

271

Championed by Ethiopiaid

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

Ethiopia

Situation

Climate change has increased the unpredictability of rainfall, with farmers less confident in the timing and intensity of rains to support their crops. Food availability is seasonal with up to 4 hunger months per year and families earning 45p a day. Poor management of natural resources, limited farm diversification and the use of chemical fertilizers have depleted local resources such as soil, water, trees and livestock. Pest infestations because of climate change further compound the problem.

Solution

We will provide training in climate-smart agricultural practices to allow farmers to grow a range of resilient crops and provide nutritious diets for their families. Families will learn to improve the land through composting, replenishing natural resources, agroforestry and the use of energy saving stoves to support sustainable livestock and crop production. Water provision will benefit the whole community. Training in climate-smart pest management will increase yields and improve nutrition.

  • "Because of climate change we don't know when it will rain. Climate change is killing us."

    — Dessie, Ethiopia

  • "Climate change is killing us. We had no such problems in the past. We used to grow whatever we planted. We produced lentil, pea or barley in winter and oat, wheat, bean, pea and potato in autumn. There was no extreme weather. Now the weather is driving the farmer hopeless.”

    — Dessie, Ethiopia