SUSTAINABLE LIVING TEAMS (SLTs) FOR
DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT (DRM) FOR INCREASED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION & RESILIENCY DURING DROUGHTS
Ethiopia is plagued with recurrent droughts that drastically impact food security. Currently there are 7 million Ethiopians that require emergency food. WiLi trains emergent leaders and subsistence farmers within the SLTs to become resilient during the lean years. Training of Trainers (ToT) events are conducted to help farmers adopt effective and productive practices such as soil erosion control, mulching, use of green manures, composting, agro-forestry, and rainwater harvesting. Using these methods can increase crop yields dramatically in just one season and establish a sustainable base to resources to endure hard times. Weekly SLT meetings provide an excellent platform to roll out new ideas and practices to protect the environment and build resiliency.
Example of soil under compost (note high moisture content in right hand) compared
to bare soil that is plowed.
Mamay and her moringa garden.
Example of subsistence farmer using compost.