” Scaling up Local climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts“project came to an end
Small farmers in Siltie are continuously challenged by climate change impacts and their ability to endure these negative changes is constrained by lack of climate knowledge, infrastructures, inadequate institutional and financial capacity, population pressure and low adaptive capacity.
This project that has successfully completed its 30 month period, addressed climate change and the available adaptation and mitigation options to encourage farmers in Siltie to adapt to change and to build sustainable environment. It was financed and technically supported by European Union.
At the outset a Base line study was conducted that identified problems on environment and captured lessons on best practices on the adaption and mitigation strategies suited for the target districts. The study also gave recommendation to stakeholders for the purpose of influencing policy. Subsequently, the dissemination of the study workshop increased awareness about general climate change; and introduced context specific adaptation and mitigation strategies believed to be appropriate for scaling up in the target districts. It also helped to analyze some issues that need considerations as local policy issue.
Next based on the survey results 100 model farmers were trained at Alage Agricultural Technical Vocational Education Training College (AATVETC) on farmers to farmers approach and through this approach to withstand challenges of environment in the surrounding. The model farmers in association with DAs and others continued the Farmers to Farmers extension work in ten kebeles of the target areas.
The model farmers throughout the project period transferred knowledge and skills to well over 4200 farmers of whom were females on soil conservation, watershed management, fodder preparation fattening, behaving, terraces and contour, environment protection. As a result farmers brought various behavioral changes to the extent they were able to challenge their unhelpful farm cultures, restricting themselves from risk causing situations. They also participated on environmental protection works. Model farmers widely worked with DAs, water shade management committee, environment committee and cabinet members and enabled the climate vulnerable group to actively participate in the protection of their environment and soil degradation. Thanks to the support of European Union Civil society fund II Siltie farmers in the intervention areas are practicing agricultural methods as related to protecting biodiversity, seeds and rehabilitating degraded land that compliments the environment and is more resilient to the impact of climate change
Dialogues on Implementation of Policies and Program aimed at Mitigation and Adaptation to climate change conducted in five districts of the target area created interest for improved planning and policies in land management. The local government put efforts to adopt integrated polices and approaches in addressing Climate change and to mainstream land management into their programs and activities. The Earth Day Campaigns in which many people had participated in the five target districts created awareness about climate change, the protection method of environment degradation and deforestation. Target farmers are increasingly aware of the huge risk to food security, livelihood and their health hazardous due to impact of climate change and their role to reduce the effect.
Thus significant progress was made towards achieving the build of resilience of vulnerable communities and farmers and improvement of food security in Siltie zone of SNNPR. Nevertheless the poorest families, the landless and female headed households are among those who need support. ADV is happy with the successful completion of the project and appreciates the European Union technical and financial support for this to happen. ADV is currently looking for additional support from Donors to continue serving poor farmers in its operational areas.