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"Empowering women is part of nation-building. Women are the majority and major part of the agricultural sector."

Livelihoods: Investing in micro-economies is an investment in health

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In Development . . . 

Career readiness for adolescents in Addis Ababa

Empowering youth includes preparing them to fulfill their potential

PROBLEM: 

Adolescents in Ethiopia's capital suffer similar challenges to their rural counterparts - more so when they themselves are displaced persons due to civil unrest, or have a disability or a parent with a disability.

ACTION:

Working with partner Ethiopian Airlines, we will commemorate March 10 each year with an educational event of speakers, including public figures and professionals from a range of sectors, and Ethiopian Airlines staff. A small portion of the larger Project 302, this annual commemoration is part of overall efforts to improve outcomes for thousands of adolescents in 11 secondary schools who will also benefit from peer mentoring and social and psychological support. 

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This project is in its early stages (Spring 2023). Watch for updates throughout the next three years. Learn about the other elements of the project's impact empowering young people to take charge of adolescent health and nutrition.

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Completed

Improving the lives of small scale farmers

Food security and nutrition starts from a seed

PROBLEM: 

In Benishangul-Gumuz area of northern Ethiopia, over 86% of the population experiences food shortages. Malnutrition is pervasive among mothers and their children and almost half of the children under the age of five were stunted from acute malnutrition. To improve nutrition and economic health, CPAR worked to boost the economic situation for local area farmers.

ACTION:

Boost agricultural production by scaling up community-based seed multiplication activities: Community-based seed multiplication initiatives allow farmers to buy high quality seeds for reasonable prices. Improved seeds lead to increased crop yields and new food crops being introduced at the community and household level, thereby improving food security, nutrition and household incomes.

Boost household incomes via value chains and market interventions: This project will address issues of poor market infrastructure in the region by organizing small-scale farmers into marketing cooperatives and unions and linking farmers to diversified market opportunities. Farmers will also have access to credit via the establishment of village level savings and loans cooperatives

RESULTS:

Helped seed multiplier groups transform 2,103kg seeds into 49,200 kg.

Supported the certification of nearly 70% of seeds produced by CPAR’s seed multiplier groups. This has increased the value of their seeds by up to 20% in the market.

Supported the organization of 3 marketing cooperatives, which have reported over 3,000USD in profits

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Want to learn more about our past work? Visit the CPAR Library 
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