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Food and income

Increasing food security by improving food systems

Cordaid is committed to improving food systems in Ethiopia. Low agricultural production, caused by desert locust, drought, conflict and other issues, have led to an increased food insecurity, especially in rural areas. In addition, food prices have risen due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To increase food security and create a sustainable income, we implement projects in multi-hazard areas together with our local partners. We do this especially in areas that are highly vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate change.

Kelo Elemo, a tomato farmer from Meki, participated in the STARS programme. Image: Abel Gashaw

Supporting smallholder farmers

By increasing production and reducing the consequences of drought in food insecure areas, we help to improve food systems. Our food and income projects increase access to water for crop production through watershed-based soil and water conservation, introduce renewable energy solutions to farming communities and facilitate sustainable food production. We also work to improve the access of smallholder farmers to finance and markets.

These projects support farmers and their communities in becoming self-sufficient and have a more sustainable income.

Strengthening African Rural Smallholders

Between 2017 and 2021, the Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) programme developed market systems to improve access to finance and markets for more than 200,000 farmers in four African countries. In Ethiopia, supported 66,000 farmers. STARS was a partnership between Cordaid and the Mastercard Foundation.