EWNRA provided agricultural inputs and revolving seed money to more than 5000 smallholder farmers in response to COVID-19 Pandemic
EWNRA is implementing a project known as ‘’Response to COVID-19- Access to Inputs and Capital to Sustain Livelihoods in Time of COVID-19 Pandemic’’ in partnership with the CDF Canada. The project is aimed to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers in Hager Mariam-Kesem Woreda (district) in Semien Shewa Zone of Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia. It is being undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to the CDF Canada.
Currently, this project is supporting more than 5000 vulnerable households (estimated 30,000 people) selected in gender sensitive and participatory manner. Line offices of the local government, Cooperative Societies and other stakeholders are actively participating in the implementation process. All project resources are transferred to the beneficiaries in the form of revolving loan through their respective cooperatives; the cooperatives have agreed with the project to collect the repayments from beneficiaries and redistribute to other members so as to sustain the revolving capital within the community for longer term.
Pullets (Chicks) for women beneficiaries: The project has distributed 2,500 pullets for 100 female headed households in five Kebeles (communities) through their rural cooperatives.
FARM INPUTS (FERTILIZERS)The project has started procurement and distribution of fertilizer and seed through rural multipurpose cooperative in collaboration with key stakeholders especially the woreda (district) offices of Agriculture and Cooperative Promotion
Some of the beneficiary farmers received fertilizer loan from their Multipurpose Cooperative
Women taking seed money loan for business
The project has created access to revolving loans (seed money) to selected beneficiaries through their Rural Saving and Credit Cooperatives (RuSACCOs) as for commencing business of their interest. Access to the seed money created an opportunity to poor women to involve in business and reduce their economic problem