The market-based approach to resilience in Ethiopia: qualitative evidence from South Omo

  • By Gil Yaron, Adanech Dutu and Dave Wilson
  • 21/09/2018

Women’s focus group discussion in Hammar woreda. Image credit: Gil Yaron

Share

Participatory discussion with two pastoralist communities in South Omo and key informant interviews with project staff and government officials provided an insight into the effectiveness of the Market-Based Approaches to Resilience (MAR) project in Ethiopia implemented under the Department for International Development (DFID) BRACED programme.

Though all stakeholders thought that BRACED project interventions had partially mitigated the impact of the 2015/16 drought and helped with recovery, communities and project staff scored the effectiveness of interventions differently. Community members particularly valued Participatory Natural Resource Management (PNRM) when the drought struck while project staff also accounted for the huge amount of work required to secure these benefits and saw village savings and loan schemes (VSLAs) as the most efficient way to build resilience. Community participants ranked their VSLAs second to PNRM in terms of drought resilience but identified clear livelihood benefits. Weather information was also valued by users, but it was less useful for more remote communities. Our findings also suggest a number of changes that are likely to make the thresholds used to calculate the resilience index adopted by the project more useful.

Video

In warming Mali, weather forecasts help cool flaring tempers

A text messaging service in Mali helps farmers cope with unpredictable weather patterns linked to climate change

Blogs

Should aid work stop when militants move in?

Development groups grapple with the insecurity that limits help for those who most need it in fragile states


Kenyan students blaze a trail for 'planetary health' diet

Children have been working hard to grow nutritious food in their school garden, boosting community health


How technology is helping farmers predict and prepare for El Niño

Smallholders can learn to use inputs and environmental resources more efficiently to become climate-smart farmers


The new finance solutions building Africa's farmers' and herders' ...

New projects in Kenya show that we can test bold solutions to financing for farmers whose livelihood climate change puts at risk


Latest Photos

Tweets