The project’s objective is to help the Menja, as well as other families considered the most vulnerable in the region, so that landless farmers can obtain an arable plot of land in order to improve their livelihood. In addition, the project includes the conversion of the Menja towards established agriculture practices, in order to allow them to limit human influences on the forest resources (primary source of revenue) in order to preserve the environment.
The project is situated in the Kaffa province where the Menja, a minority representing around 10% of the population, live. They are dispersed in other communities and are largely discriminated against, notably in terms of land distribution. They are very vulnerable and often suffer from food insecurity. Their livelihood depends on forestry production: selling of firewood and charcoal, production of honey, or other small jobs.
Gimbo Woreda is situated in the centre of the province and includes 36 kebeles (villages). The total population has grown to 107,481 people in which 88% live in very remote rural areas. The farmers there cultivate corn, flour, grains, barley, sorghum, beans and peas.
This project is the second phase of a project started in 2013 with activities that include:
· Supplying better corn seeds
· Providing corn production training to 240 heads of families in order to improve their productivity and animal care
· Developing connections between those who we assist and crop input centres
· Providing small ruminants to the 240 families assisted
· Monitoring and evaluating the activities
In total, this project has helped 240 families, or 1920 people. Among them, 24 non-Menja families and 60 families run by women. 240 families were supported in corn production and 240 families were provided with small ruminants.