Benishangul Gumuz Regional State Integrated Livelihood Programme, Agriculture Project – Ethiopia
With the aim of improving the income and livelihoods of communities, the Foundation has been implementing an integrated livelihood programme in four Kebeles (villages) of Menge district of the Benishangul Gumuz Regional State since 2017. The core component of this programme is increasing agriculture production and productivity, through the introduction of good agricultural practices and improving access to farm inputs and market.
In the first phase of the programme 2007-2019, a total of 257 farmers participated, including 220 farmers in crop production, 27 in poultry and 10 in beekeeping. This resulted in increasing the average yield per hectare from 8 quintals to 42 quintals for maize and from 7 to 25 quintals for Sorghum.
Through the introduction of improved breeds of poultry and modern beehives with relevant husbandry and feeding skills, households diversified their income and improved their nutritional intake. Consequently, average household income of programme participants increased from 18,690 Eth Birr to 38,146 Eth Birr in three years.
The second phase five-year (2020-2024) programme called, Social and Economic Empowerment Programme (SEEP) started at the end of 2019. Building on the lessons learnt in the first phase, the agriculture component of SEEP aims at increasing agricultural production and productivity of 1,500 farmers in four districts of the region.