The Climate Smart Initiative (CSI) was launched in July 2013, as an adjunct to the existing Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and Household Asset Building Programme (HABP); two of the key mechanisms of the Government to tackle food security issues and related rural livelihoods strengthening.
CSI was designed to pilot approaches that consider climate change within this larger, established context, working within existing Government approaches and cycles. This Story of Change provides an example of how CSI has affected Sadik Shabure, who for the last five years has been the PSNP Public Works (PW) foreman, working with Mesrak Gortancho kebele Agricultural Office and Halaba special woreda Agricultural Office.
Sadik Shabure, an experienced PSNP-PW foreman, improved his understanding of how best to conserve soil and water and address flood risk after CSI-provided training on natural resources management. This on-the-job training boosted his knowledge, skills and confidence. One only needs to walk around Muleta Gojam watershed to see the impact of his PSNP-PW. In particular, he facilitated the implementation of non-stone check dams on 3km of gully. The community of Muleta Gojam watershed is now protected from flood and the gully has silted up, reuniting neighbours once divided.
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