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 Yohannes, the head of a household of nine family members (five male and four female) in Begenat watershed, Maitsaeda kebele, Gulomekeda woreda, Tigray.
The participatory approach of CVCA discussions enabled Yohannes and the community to improve their understanding of climate change, including locally occurring recurrent shocks, and how they themselves are contributing to climate change. From a position of being depressed at finding it difficult to feed his family in the face of recurrent shocks, he realised that he must take action. Yohannes is now aware of ways to adapt to the hazards, taking action at home by introducing backyard irrigation, and on his farmland, jointly purchasing a motorised irrigation pump.
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