Green Clubs in the school and nutritional security
Food security, environmental protection, stable livelihoods and better nutrition are the main concern of Green Club. DEC believes that Green club can be a seed ground for students to gain these skills. We are supporting primary schools; and currently 14 Green Clubs have been established and mainstreaming food security and Climate change issues. The Green Club is led by Green Ambassadors. The Green ambassadors mobilize the school community for the attainment of the club goal.

What are the activities of Green Clubs?


• Establishment  of nursery sites to develop and disseminate multipurpose trees seedlings  to the local community and also plant them in their school compound
• Greening the school with ornamental plants and grass species that enhance aesthetic value
• Promoting the use of compost to install organic farming in the community and students mind
• Promotion of green clubs: to enhance the contribution of school community for Green club the Green ambassadors work  on awareness raising and mobilization activities
• Education: After series of training, in turns the Green Ambassadors deliver education for the school community on selected themes of climate change and its  consequences and adaptation mechanisms

 

The Connect Spent and generate employment project involves pro-poor commodity value chain development in one of Bedelle village, the suburb which is near to Brewery factory. The project has started in June 2014. The dwellers are characterized by little income base, low level of technical skill and live on in informal activities such as petty trade and causal labor work. They have low access to credit and saving. The project area, Bedelle, has huge potential for the growth of agro-business proposed by this project. The business model involves innovative approach in which the outputs of one production system serve as the input for the production of other outputs. The fattening business use the byproduct of brewery as major animal feeds and supplies animal dung to harness biogas energy for brick production, the residues of the biogas is utilized as fertilizer for vegetables production.

Active involvement of relevant stakeholders is in a place to ensure the successful implementation of the project. The overall objective of the project is to contribute for ensuring food security of the target group by promoting commodity value chain development. The business model offers the cooperative an opportunity of maximally utilizing locally available resources which usually left as useless one. The project provides full time employment opportunity for 80 clients who are mostly economically active poor women and young people. It improves income of the cooperative by 50% and also enhance saving. The envisaged interventions are to organize 80 clients in fattening cooperative, provide training and other technical support, providing rolling budget, and support to the cooperatives to access raw materials for production activities and also link the cooperatives with the market to sell their products.

 

Water for livelihood improvement of pastoralist community
This project is under implementation in Afar, Ayssaita district since September 2013 to benefit 80 households (over 400 direct beneficiaries). Using Awash River as entry point the project seeks to diversify the livelihood strategies of the pastoralist community. The intervention is designed in such a way to improve the food security status of the target households.

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         Establishing community institutions :
Basic to CMDRR, DEC has established and supported community based Early Warning System and Community Development Committee in Afar and Adulala.
•Introducing Model DRR tools to the community:    DEC has introduced model environmentally friendly activities from which the community learns and adopts the technologies in their own accord. Examples of DRR tools in Adulala community learning Center: introduction of Biogas plant, the use of muddy blocks to construct house, plantation and introduction of multipurpose trees and grass species
• Community based nursery development: DEC supports the ``development of community based nurseries in two operational areas; in Ayssaita   and Liben Chukala. The nursery sites focus mainly on multipurpose trees and indigenous trees seedlings developments
• Flood prevention: Through PDRA tool, the Galifaghe( Ayssaita) and the Adulala communities identified the hazard of floods. To halt the hazards the Adulala community has agreed to undertake NRM activities on mount Chukala, on the other hands the Galifghe community identified the need of constructing dam on Awash River. DEC is supporting the communities’ effort to reach on the anticipated outcomes.

 

     The ADEQUATE Farm ( Innovative agricultural practice and commodity value chain development) The ADEQUATE: Adept –Qualified – Technology (ADEQUATE) farming project is an innovative project planned to enable four mutually interdependent cooperative members increase their income, involve them in full time job, and create market chain for their products which ultimately improve their food security on sustainable way and create future investment capital for small holder farmers. The project is implemented in Liben Chukala, districts of East Shewa Zone, Oromiya Regional State and supports 220 members. The project has started in October 2013.
What innovative practices are introduced to the cooperatives?
a. Micro irrigation and multiple cropping patterns: 
Spring which has capacity of discharging water at rate of 20L/second has been developed. The potential of the scheme being developed enables the coops to irrigate more than 20 hectares of farm land efficiently and sustainably and harvest three times a year.
b. The use of improved breeds :
In collaboration with experts from relevant government sectors and direct involvement of coops HYV of goats, pigs and chickens have been selected.

c. The use of concentrated  animal feeds that could give best result in short periods of time

The Project introduced the use of concentrated feeds for goats and pigs. The animal fodder cooperatives produce sweet potatoes, alfa alfa and oats and supply it to the animal coops. The feeds make animal fatten in short time span. This enables the farmer to join viable market
d. Agricultural commodity Value addition and market oriented production: 
The farmers work to supply fattened goats and gigs to big Hotels and meet exporting enterprises in nearby towns like Mojo.
Complementary business relations model of the ADEQUATE project


   

 

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