USAID Project that Benefited 325,000 Households Phases Out

Addis Ababa March 14/2019 The Pastoralist Areas Expansion Improvement and Market Expansion, a seven-year project carried out in three regional states, has benefited more than 325,000 households.

Speaking at a ceremony held in connection with the phasing out of the project today, Pastoralist Development Affairs Director-General Sewnet Chekol said resilience of more than 325,000 households and access to animal health services by pastoralists improved during the lifetime of the project.

Besides, natural resource management of over 43,000 hectares of rangeland has now improved.

The director-general stressed that the government is committed to delivering better services to the pastoralist in areas of development initiatives, fighting against poverty, disease and shocks, among others.

USAID Mission Director Leslie Reed said the landscapes of pastoralists in Ethiopia have been changed dramatically for the past several decades. Drought has become more severe and more frequent in particular.

Hundreds of thousands of households have been impacted by this project during the worst recurrent drought in the history of Ethiopia and the world, he added.

Reed noted that the project has empowered communities to collectively design and engage in targeted natural resources enhancement initiative during the past seven years. 

The Pastoralist Areas Expansion Improvement and Market Expansion worked to transform lives of people living in the lowlands through improved natural resources management, better nutrition, more jobs, and increased income for milk and meat producers, it was learned.

USAID invested over 70 million USD to support the seven year project implemented in Somali and Afar regional states as well as low land areas of Oromia state.