Canadian Lutheran World Releif is supporting Lutheran World Federation Ethiopia with a four year agriculture and livelihoods project in Lasta woreda and Lalibela, Ethiopia.
Crop production is the most important livelihood for the majority of the community living in the Lasta-Lalibela woreda. Factors like recurrent drought, high population density, cultivation on steep slopes, low plantation coverage, overgrazing, and poor land management have contributed to the increase of soil erosion. Due to population growth and continuous demand for agriculture and housing use, the area has become deforested, and the existing natural vegetation is under intense pressure by the farmers. This is contributing to high levels of food insecurity and increasing negative coping strategies including selling livestock and assets.
The project aims to improve sustainable food security for 690 targeted households (2,383 individuals) by increasing the sustainable production of crops and vegetables. Specific focus of trainings and activities are on natural resource conservation including the reforestation of watersheds, two durable irrigation schemes and related community management capacity, soil and water management practices, conservation agriculture, new cropping techniques for both rain-fed and irrigated farming, crop marketing, as well as increased gender equality in community decision making.