Strengthening food security

The project aimed to strengthen the food security of 378 farming households, in the Dibate district, by favouring the participation of women, a vulnerable population in the region. The project, which aimed to indirectly reach 756 additional households, involved creating seven Farmer Field Schools (FFS). The three main objectives were to increase agricultural productivity, to increase revenues from new activities (poultry breeding or bamboo plantations), and to improve the nutritional level of the households concerned thanks to improved conservation of local products.

By the end of the project, 420 households had directly benefitted from the activities led by CPAR. Average agricultural productivity improved by 250% for female farmers and 230% for male farmers. This progression was due to the application of new knowledge and skills, in particular new crop production techniques, improved seed quality and seed multiplication. Increased crop production directly contributed to enhancing household food security and nutrition, while at the same time reducing childhood malnutrition. Thanks to the project’s support of income generating activities targeting women, they were able to increase their earnings, on average, by 72%. This also contributed to enhancing their economic and social status.

Founded in 1984 by Canadian doctors, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) works closely with the most vulnerable communities in Africa.




Farming households


Community Development


October 2013 - September 2016


Dibate District / Ethiopia

With whom

 Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)



105 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 740/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
23% (2015)

Literacy rate
39% (2016)

Human Development Index
173rd out of 189 countries (2018)

Ethiopia is the second most populated country in Sub–Saharan Africa and one of the world’s poorest countries. Although economic growth is hindered by chronic food insecurity, it has enabled positive trends in reducing poverty, in both urban and rural areas. The absolute poverty rate dropped from 46% in 1995 to 8.7% 2016. Over the past 20 years, primary school enrolment has quadrupled, child mortality has been halved and access to clean water has doubled. Good progress has also been made in the fight against malaria and HIV/AIDS. The country is home to the largest refugee population on the continent (730,000 registered refugees), putting additional pressure on natural resources suffering from climate-related shocks.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.