Canadian Lutheran World Relief is supporting Lutheran World Federation Ethiopia to respond to the effect COVID-19 is having on food security in Lasta Lalibela Woreda, Ethiopia, totaling $190,800.
This response is being implemented alongside an ongoing three-year agriculture and livelihood project. COVD-19 has greatly impacted farmers’ ability to grow and sell produce due to limited gathering sizes, interrupted markets and restricted travel. Families are struggling to generate enough income to buy food due to lost jobs and high unemployment. Food and crop input prices have also increased due to market fluctuations and higher transport costs.
In response, this project aims to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on food security and agriculture by adapting agricultural support services to accommodate social distancing measures such as providing visual aids. The project will work to improve post-harvest storage as well, so that crops can be sold at better prices when markets stabilize. The project will also provide seed packages to farmers to ensure that they can plant on time. In total, 4,800 families (approximately 19,200 beneficiaries) will benefit from project activities. This project is part of the Global Affairs Canada COVID-19 grant.