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The Global Center on Adaptation to Help Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia Adapt to Climate Risk and Enhance Food Security

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 The Global Center for Adaptation GCA www GCA org announced today that it is providing technical advisory support for a new World Bank investment project in Ethiopia The 600 million project aims to increase the resilience of Ethiopia s food systems and their preparedness for food insecurity As a result of climate change smallholder farmers in Ethiopia are hellip
The Global Center on Adaptation to Help Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia Adapt to Climate Risk and Enhance Food Security

NNN: The Global Center for Adaptation (GCA) (www.GCA.org) announced today that it is providing technical advisory support for a new World Bank investment project in Ethiopia. The $600 million project aims to increase the resilience of Ethiopia’s food systems and their preparedness for food insecurity.

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As a result of climate change, smallholder farmers in Ethiopia are experiencing increased variability and extreme weather events, increased temperatures and decreased rainfall in a country where 85% of farmers depend on rainfed agriculture. Ethiopia is currently in the midst of one of the worst droughts in 50 years, following 12 to 18 months of erratic and failed rains that have dried up many water sources. The war in Ukraine and the resulting rise in the cost of wheat, fuel and fertilizer are also worsening the country’s food crisis.

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GCA adds value to accelerate climate adaptation in project implementation by carrying out the following specific activities:

assess climate risks for small farmers in 14 priority value chains in the crop/livestock subsectors identify digital adaptation tools that can address these risks and assess opportunities and constraints for their implementation in the country

The project is expected to result in 2.4 million farmers adopting technologies and practices that improve resilience; 15% reduction in food insecure people in the program’s target areas; 20% increase in cereal and legume yields in households directly benefiting from the project and 25% increase in the volume of agricultural products sold in national and regional markets.

Patrick Verkooijen, Executive Director of the Global Adaptation Center, said: “Technology is rapidly changing the way food is produced, processed and distributed. In addition to assessing the climate risks facing small farmers, GCA’s support for the project explores the opportunity to address these risks by deploying digital tools to deliver much-needed solutions to small farmers and serve as a potential game changer in the future. search for climate resilience and better conditions. Food security in Ethiopia. Therefore, the partnership with the World Bank through this project is very welcome.”

Elliot Mghenyi, Project Task Manager in Ethiopia, said: “We look forward to options to implement digital solutions to promote climate adaptation for rural households participating in various agricultural value chains in Ethiopia.”

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