The program run by the Foundation with partner Inter Aide focuses on improving resilience and food security through diversification, by adopting an innovative approach that combines fodder production and soil and water conservation.
Fodder is planted on anti-erosive structures and unproductive areas of the farm, contributing to moisture and fertility conservation. Used by farmers themselves and also sold locally, the fodder provides families with a new source of revenue while addressing fodder scarcity, fighting soil erosion and improving soil productivity.
In the latest project cycle, the Foundation is working to increase the resilience of smallholder farming families in the country’s highlands, through the adoption of innovative fertility management practices (green manure, legume associations, productive contour hedging, etc.) and self-seeding production practices.
1,614 farmers have tested the integration of green manure practices to improve soil fertility, leading to increased crop productivity and derived revenues. 1,935 farmers have diversified their fodder resources by planting perennial grass, legumes and trees, and increased their income thanks to fodder collection and sale. Lastly, fodder availability enhances animal performance, which also contributes to wealth creation.
About our partner
With a presence in Haiti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sierra Leone, Inter Aide specializes in the design, implementation and evaluation of development programs focusing mainly on safe water supply, agriculture, health and education. Their agricultural program focuses on smallholder families living in isolated yet densely populated areas, cropping on micro-farms and facing food insecurity and poverty.
2015 to 2023
My family’s farm is located on a steep mountain slope. When I got involved in the project, I decided to intercrop grass fodder with alfalfa. This allows me to protect my land from erosion and produce animal feed. I was able to buy oxen for fattening, that I later sold at a profit, and my wife now produces dairy products which she sells at the market, generating more money for our family.
Ato Tesfay, Doyo Gena South Ethopia