Current Projects

Bale Eco-Region Sustainable Management Programme (BERSMP)


Fly Fishing in Bale RegionA joint venture of FARM-Africa and SOS Sahel Ethiopia, the BERSMP brings several Bale Massif communities into a central role in sustainably managing their region's unique biodiversity and ecology. The project also enhances the social and economic well-being of various communities dependent on the Bale Massif's natural ressources.

BERSMP activities began in 2006 and cover an area of approximately 22,000 Km2.
This project will phase-out at the end of 2011 and, by this time, local institutions and key relevant offices will have the capacity to sustain the results of the program in the long-term.

The BERSMP is currently providing training courses to local officials in Participatory Forest Management (PFM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), business skills, carbon trading, and eco-region planning. It has also established the BaleWild natural products brand, and developing and promoting Trout Sport Fishing as well as sustainable trout fish farming.

Furthermore, the BERSMP is fighting climate change by promoting the introduction of improved fuel-saving stoves.

The project is organzing community-to-community exchanges and is currently providing internship opportunities to 22 young women who, while continuing their studies, will gradually see an increase in their programme implementation role.
The BERSMP is funded by:

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Building Resilient Pastoralist Communities (BRPC)


The Building Resilient Pastoralist Communities (BRPC) works to build the resilience of pastoralists in the Borana Zone by improving access to inputs, services and output markets. Aloe Soap ProducersThe Borana Zone of south Ethiopia is home to a huge livestock resource; however, poor productivity and limited access to fair markets are obstacles to the income and food security of this region's vast pastoralist population.
The main objectives of the project are:

Since beginning in January 2010, the BRPC project enabled the construction of four milk collection centers, which are now linked to credit services. A stakeholder dairy product promotion forum was organized, while dairy cooperatives were given training to strenghten their capacity and to establish well-functionning structures in order to compete in national and global markets.
Over the project's life-time, other innovative activities were implemented in order to reach the BRPC's agenda, such as:

The BRPC has also raised community awareness on the benefits of sustainable harvesting and production of selected natural products, organized natural product harvesters into business cooperatives, and facilitated their legal certification.
The BRPC is funded by:

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Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR II)


Cow Affected by DroughtAs part of SOS Sahel Ethopia's mandate to assist in humanitarian crises, this project is being implemented in Borana in order to reduce suffering in drought affected areas by ensuring access to basic needs and services.

The seriousness of the present drought in Borana has made the Disaster Risk Reduction II (DDR II) a critical project aimed at saving human and animal life. This emergency project, which launched in March 2010, is currently increasing the access to safe drinking water for a minimum of 12,444 houseolds (74,664 men, women and children) and is protecting the livestock of approximately 2,400 households through targeted emergency livestock protection programs.
Basic food and non-food items are being distributed to approximately 5,600 households (33,600 men, women and children) through the implementation of cash-for-work schemes to construct water infrastructure, reduce soil erosion and rehabilitate livestock pastures.

The targeted communities are involved in each stage of the project cycle and the resident Pastoralists Associations (PAs) are being strengthened in order to effectively manage water supplies during and after the project's life.

The DDR II is funded by:

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Ensuring smallholder producers in Ethiopia achieve sustainable and fair access to pepper and bee product markets project


A joint venture of SOS Sahel Ethiopia and International Development Enterprise (IDE), this project specifically targets smallholder rural farmers engaged in beekeeping and pepper production by lifting them out of income poverty by facilitating their participation in local, national and global agricultural markets.

The project is developed to directly benefit 1,200 beekeepers and 1,600 pepper-growing households in the Jabitehnan, Dangila, Lay Armachiho and Dembia woredas of the Amhara region of Ethiopia.
Activities based on the project's objective include:

This project is funded by:

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Rural Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Development project (RAPID)


The Rural Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Development (RAPID) project is designed to bring measurable improvement to the food security of 6600 households in the Kacha Bira, Lanfuro and Shashogo woredas of the Southern Nations and Nationalities People's Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia.

Farmer with goats and grain harvest

Faced with the challenge of soaring food prices, RAPID supports farmers to generate income both from crop-farming and livestock rearing. RAPID also builds the capacity of local institutions, community organizations and the private sector.

Two main intervention methods are used in the RAPID project: the Prosperity Realized through Irrigation and Smallholder Markets (PRISM), which enables smallholder farmers to become entrepreneurs by transforming their ressources in a sustainable manner, and the Watershed Management approach. Both approaches are based on short-term interventions designed to yield long-term impacts.

This project is funded by:

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Smallholder Livelihoods Improvement Project (SLIP)


Farmer Holding CabbageA joint initiative by SOS Sahel Ethiopia and International Development Enterprise (IDE), the SLIP was launched in September 2006 and will be phasing out in 2011.

The aim of the SLIP project is to improve the food and livelihood security of smallholder households in three target communities: Awassa Zuria in the Sidama Zone, and Meskan and Mareko in the Guraghe Zone of the SNNPR.

The SLIP introduced and adopted the Poverty Reduction through Irrigation and Smallholder Markets approach, which enables smallholder farmers to become entrepreneurs by transforming natural resources (land and water), human resources (labour and skills), and agri-inputs into high-value agricultural products. In turn, these agricultural products can be marketed at economically rewarding prices.
Furthermore, the introduction of Affordable Micro-Irrigation Technologies (AMITs) in the target communities has increased the productivity of smallholder farmers, and has enabled their integration into the market system.

The SLIP project is funded by:

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Value Chain Empowerment Through Women-Led Initiatives in Pastoral Communities of Borana


The objective of this project is to advance the position of women in the pastoral communities of Borana through women-led development of natural resources-based products. Women Aloe Soap Producers
The project addresses both the strategic and economic needs of pastoralist women in Borana, through the Value Chain Development of Non-Forest Timber Products (NTFPs), and by improving the production, collection, processing, value addition and marketing of NTFPs.
Two major outcomes are expected from the project: first, it will strenghten 3 existing women-led pastoral entreprises and will establish an additonal three. Secondly, the project will build the capacity of the local value chain actors.
In addition, new and feasible value chains will be assessed, providing opportunities for a better income, as well as increased effective management.
The project also works towards influencing legal frameworks and policy environments to assist pastoralist womens' participation in the natural resource-based product marketing.
This project launched in April 2009 and is reaching 700 women-headed households (approximately 3,500 household members) in Adegalchat and Elwaye villages in Yabello woreda, Borana zone.
This project is funded by:

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