SLDP: Sodo Buee

Ethiopia

The project “Sustainable Food Security Program for 1080 Rural Households in Sodo Buee District, Ethiopia“ is being implemented by ChildFund Ethiopia and Sodo Buee Child and Family Development Charitable Organization (SBCDFCO). As part of the project Sustainable Livelihood Development Program (SLDP) is being implement to mitigate the problem of hunger and low nutritional diversity by the development of entrepreneurial skills among participating households. SOCEO has undertaken Baseline & Value Chain Study and conducted the training of the entrepreneurship trainers. It is consulting the project team in the process of applying SLDP.

The project is supported by ChildFund Deutschland and Germanthe Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Sodo Buee

Recurrent periods of drought, environmental damage, lack of improved agricultural inputs and high dependence on subsistence farming have lead to food insecurity in many areas of Ethiopia. Climate change and a global rise in food prices pose further challenges on the local population. Two of the most visible signs of food insecurity and prolonged hunger are stunting and wasting among children, the former of which still affects almost 1 in 4 children under the age of 5 years in the area. In the face of such crises an intervention strengthening vulnerable households is urgently needed.

The project and its objectives:

The objective of ‘Sustainable Food Security Program for 1080 Rural Households in Sodo Buee District, Ethiopia’ is to mitigate the problem of hunger and low nutritional diversity of 1080 households. The intervention focuses on the improvement of the socio-economic condition of the targeted households, through competent and customised livelihood training, agricultural training and development of entrepreneurial skills. The aim is that an improvement in economic conditions and increased awareness of balanced nutrition will help to diversify the daily diet of families and bring more stability to the diet, which will in turn combat the problem of hunger and low nutritional diversity.

SLDP in Ethiopia

Sustainable Livelihood Development Program (SLDP) is being implemented as part of the project to offer 1080 households the needed capabilities to improve their economic condition. As part of customization of this project, a ‘Value Chain Study’ was introduced to understand the prevalent situation better and assess entrepreneurial opportunities. In May 2018, the local team members were introduced to SLDP during the Training of the Entrepreneurship Trainer (ToT) and started training the beneficiaries afterwards. SOCEO continuously monitors and accompanies the local team in implementing SLDP.