Tearfund Canada is supporting Wolayta Kale Heywet Church – Terepeza Development Association (WKHC-TDA) to respond to the effect COVID-19 is having on food security in the Humbo and Damot Woydie Woredas of the Woliaita Zone, Ethiopia.
This response is being implemented alongside an ongoing five-year conservation and agriculture project. COVD-19 has negatively impacted farmers’ ability to grow and sell produce due to limited gathering sizes, interrupted markets and restricted travel. Families are also struggling to generate enough income to buy food due to lost jobs and high unemployment rates, making families more susceptible to food insecurity.
This project extension will specifically work to minimize the effects COVID-19 is having on food insecurity by providing remote agriculture extension services through radio and mobile phones, working with communities to improve post-harvest storage, and aggregating farmers so that crops can be sold together at a better price. The project will also work to find ways to continue the function of self-help groups and create linkages with other farmer associations to ensure farmers have the credit and inputs required for the next planting season. This response will benefit approximately 1,600 families (8,000 beneficiaries) and totals $142,500. This project is part of the Global Affairs Canada COVID-19 grant.