Integrated measures to improve living conditions in the Wogdi Region, Ethiopia
In the rural areas of Ethiopia approximately 85 % of people live from agriculture and animal husbandry. However, as many lack knowledge of modern farming methods or alternative arable crops, harvests are poor. At the same time, they are harming the environment: the timber needed for cooking and construction is felled, but the spaces created are not reforested. The consequence: the unprotected soil can be blown or washed away by the wind and rain. This means that rain water is barely absorbed into the ground, aquifers are no longer replenished and springs run dry.
Integrated interventions in Wogdi region
In the Wogdi Region, about 580 kilometres north of Addis Ababa, Menschen für Menschen has been running an integrated rural development project since 2013. Together with the population, they have implemented integrated measures from five areas: sustainable agriculture, water and hygiene, education, healthcare and income.
The foundation’s development consultants are introducing farmers, for example, to growing fruit and vegetables that – aside from bringing in new income – also improve their families’ diets. Deforested areas are replanted in agreement with the authorities and the people. The distribution of wood-saving stoves helps to protect natural resources and women’s health, as they produce less smoke and emit fewer sparks. The construction of perfectly hygienic waterholes close to the villages has reduced the rates of diarrhoea and shortend the time that women and girls need to spend fetching water. The time gained can be put to good use, for example, going to school or learning a craft. This also means that the women can generate their own income.
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