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 Babeye Bantider, an agribusiness expert working in the HABP unit of the Tach Gayent woreda Office of Agriculture, working there since July 2011.
Babeye Bantider is a strong advocate for CSI, and talks of the positive changes it has brought to his work. His understanding of how hazards are related to climate change has significantly improved due to his intensive engagement with CSI. This has inspired significant changes in how he goes about CSI-HABP planning of livelihood activities: using new tools learnt through CSI engagement, such as risk profiling and risk-aware business planning, leading to improved business planning for pilot enterprises. He is spreading his new learning through his technical support to Development Agents (DAs), but has further ideas on how to disseminate this learning to non-CSI kebeles.