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Fatuma Ali Sali, 50, and her eight children, who live in Belina Arba, a district made up of 20 small villages (agro-pastoralist communities), are some of the hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia faced with the effects of climate change. Changing weather patterns, including erratic rainfall, prolonged drought and flooding have pushed many farmers and pastoralists to the edge of survival. Fatuma is part of a community that has been selected to benefit from a CRS program that aims to increase people’s resilience to climate and weather-related risks like drought or flooding, and to teach them new and different techniques for farming, soil and water conservation and watershed management.

CRS works with the Hararghe Catholic Secretariat in Oromia state to support 475,000 people as they adapt new techniques and innovations to mitigate the impact of climate change. With Funding from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the Global Climate Change and Feed the Future Initiatives, CRS and its partners launched the Resilience through Enhanced Adaptation, Action-learning, and Partnership (REAAP) in March 2015, which works hand-in-hand with communities in 100 kebeles of farming, agro-pastoralist, and pastoralist livelihood zones in six vulnerable woredas of East and West Hararghe Zones of the Oromia Region to design and implement action plans to decrease the risk of climate related disaster, and to increase resilience to shocks when they occur.

Photo by Kim Pozniak/Catholic Relief Services