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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» in Ethiopia

Despite Ethiopia's progress in combatting hunger and poverty, the country is frequently threatened by severe drought and hunger crises owing to climate change and soil overuse. HEKS/EPER and its local partner organizations are helping some 55 000 rural dwellers to improve their access to drinking water, develop sustainable farming methods, promote biodiversity and strengthen their resilience in times of drought or flooding. To secure access to natural resources, HEKS/EPER plans to step up cooperation with specialized Ethiopian organizations and networks and launch activities in new regions. People will also receive greater support in claiming their rights vis-a-vis the authorities.

HEKS/EPER in Ethiopia

Facts

In 2020 HEKS/EPER upgraded drinking water systems for some 15 000 people and facilitated access to sanitary facilities and drinking water for three schools. Some 2260 beekeepers were able to enhance the quality, versatility and output of their honey. In the country's southern Borana region, HEKS/EPER has mounted a range of activities to support some 266 000 people whose crops were destroyed by locusts and drought.

Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.