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18 de agosto de 2014

World Council Program Enhances Food Security and Rural Livelihoods in Ethiopia

Subsistence farmers see incomes increase by 129%

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Ethiopia
Over 3,700 volunteers in Ethiopia's Tigray region helped build an improved river take off for better crop irrigation, a technique introduced by World Council's program to help farmers increase production. 

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions recently completed a successful development program in Ethiopia that worked with rural savings and credit cooperatives (RuSACCOs) and farmers to improve food security and livelihoods among farming families. The 2009–2014 program was funded by the monetization of 23,000 tons of wheat through USDA's Food for Progress program.

World Council worked in three regions of Ethiopia, Tigray, Oromia and Amhara, which span half the country, to assist RuSACCOs with expanding financing for agricultural production and to mobilize savings. The program also provided non-financial services, such as farmer training and infrastructure investments, to improve farmers' access to markets and increase commercial food production.


The World Council program exceeded its targets, helping 44,645 farmers to produce higher crop yields and increase their incomes. The program provided agricultural training to farmers to help transition them from subsistence farming to commercial food production. Soil and water conservation techniques were introduced to target farmers, and 71.5% of surveyed farmers reported that these techniques helped them to increase crop production. Poor farmers were also supported through the introduction of higher quality agricultural inputs and training on methods such as the proper use of fertilizers and better planting techniques. Farmers were able to introduce higher-value and more nutritious crops thanks to World Council's support. By diversifying their crops, they were able to reduce risk and saw a significant increase in overall crop production, income and nutritional intake.


The average income for each farmer increased for both primary and secondary crops throughout the term of the project. Primary crop production not only allowed for the diversification of vegetables and grains, but also increased farmers' incomes by 129%. Secondary crop production also showed a dramatic improvement of 150%; prior to the project, many farmers were not capable of growing secondary crops due to limited rainfall. Thanks to the program, farmers were better able to survive drought conditions in rural Ethiopia, achieve food security and provide for their families.

Ethiopia
After receiving improved chickens through World Council's program, more than 3,800 model farmers were able to generate higher household incomes through increased egg production. 

World Council worked with 165 community-based RuSACCOs throughout the three target regions to help strengthen them to meet farmer demand for agricultural finance products. World Council implemented a savings mobilization and member campaign, and provided training to RuSACCO management to help boost their skills to better manage their institutions. The program also provided support in agricultural finance through a revolving loan fund.

At the end of the program, both loans and savings per SACCO member had experienced a dramatic increase. On average, savings per member increased by 89%, and loans per member increased by 167%. Through its SACCO strengthening, infrastructure and agricultural training interventions, the World Council program provided support that transformed lives in rural Ethiopia and gave farmers the tools they needed to feed their families.

Learn more about World Council's work in Ethiopia at www.farmerfinance.woccu.org/ethiopia.



El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.

El Consejo Mundial ha implementado 290 programas de asistencia técnica en 71 países. A nivel mundial, 57,000 cooperativas de ahorro y crédito en 103 países atienden a 208 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en www.woccu.org.


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Contacto principal: Rebecca Carpenter
Organización: World Council of Credit Unions
Correo electrónico: rcarpenter@woccu.org
Teléfono: +1-608-395-2031
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