FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOODS

The livelihoods base for Afar pastoralist people is highly dependent on raring of livestock

despite little introduction to small scale irrigation programs in some pocket areas in the region.

Due to deteriorating condition of grazing lands in Afar, food insecurity and poor livelihoods still

remains a challenge to date.

AISDA, as an alternative solution to respond to the problem, has been implementing projects

with the following components:

   – Support to small and medium scale irrigation projects for crops, nutritious trees like

     Moringa and fruit production using both gravity and solar technology.

   -Regular livestock vaccination and treatment and feed supply

   -Organizing women focused saving and credit self help groups as an alternative income

     generation program

   – Women economic empowerment through skill training, funding and provision of tools

   – Support in finding market access to products

   – Promote innovation in livelihoods and feeding habits

   – Ensure water supply for livestock by digging large ponds that are beneficial during dry

      times.

AISDA has the best people in its active sectors including in food security and livelihoods that

have the local knowledge, expertise and experience of working for many years in the Afar