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Serif Lulseged, 37, a father of four and a small scale farmer who cultivates sorghum, soybean and sometimes maize on a small plot of land in Metta district in eastern Ethiopia is one of hundreds of thousands of people faced with the effects of climate change. He is also the Chairman for of the Hake village cluster, a community of 7 villages where most people depend on subsistence farming.

Changing weather patterns, including erratic rainfall, prolonged drought and flooding have pushed many farmers and pastoralists to the edge of survival.

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. Some of the mitigation techniques come in the form of hillside terraces, already dotting some of the mountainous landscape (part of a previous CRS DFAP).

Photo by Kim Pozniak/Catholic Relief Services