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 Biruk Legesse, an HABP expert for Daru Labu woreda and CSI focal person.
Biruk Legesse shone out as an example of an expert bringing about change in his woreda as a result of his intensive engagement with CSI. He has used his considerable new learning on climate change to better support the community to become more resilient and prepared for climate shocks. His new understanding of the vulnerability of poor women and rural youth has been integrated into the regular HABP plan. He has taken the initiative, and is proactive in introducing some of the CSI pilots into five non-CSI kebeles and incorporating climate change-related topics into regular government trainings for Development Agents (DAs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
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