Project profile — Managing Environmental Resources for Climate Change Adaptation in Ethiopia

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Managing Environmental Resources for Climate Change Adaptation in Ethiopia - Overview
WFP - World Food Programme (XM-DAC-41140)
2011-01-10 - 2011-01-31
Country / region • Ethiopia (100.00%)
Sector • Agriculture
Agricultural land resources (31130) (25.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural water resources (31140) (25.00%)
• Developmental Food Aid/Food Security Assistance
Food aid/food security programs (52010) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (principal objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition (MERET) program operates in 72 highly vulnerable and chronically food-insecure districts throughout Ethiopia. Each year, approximately 122,000 people in crisis-prone food-insecure communities benefit from the project. Participating households provide labour in exchange for food rations on initiatives such as a tree planting, the construction of structures designed to reduce soil erosion and increase water retention and the enclosure of these treated watersheds to prevent grazing from free-range livestock. A total of 131,987 hectares of severely degraded land was rehabilitated with previous CIDA support in 2008 and 2009. By providing new resources to expand on these impressive results, this project helps more vulnerable Ethiopians achieve long-term food security and withstand the effects of climate change. All CIDA disbursements for this project have been completed.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of CIDA's contribution (July 2012) include: (1) improving food consumption and increasing household assets for 598,450 people (98% of those targeted) as a result of participation in food-for-work activities; (2) increasing income in 149,122 households as a result of project-supported public works that rehabilitated agricultural lands; 3) 96% of participating households created and maintained physical and biological farm and community assets, such as water sources, resulting in improved income for 145,250 households; (4) restoring degraded natural resources, including improving 63 water sources. These project activities have helped to improve the resilience of vulnerable women and men and their agricultural land to the effects of climate change.



Original budget $15,000,000
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
10-01-2011 Commitment $15,000,000
31-01-2011 Disbursement $15,000,000
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Related information

Related information

Managing Environmental Resources for Climate Change Adaptation in Ethiopia - Related information
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Managing Environmental Resources to Improve Food Security
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