Climate Change Adaptation and Impact Mitigation: A Case Study of the Abraha Wa Atsebaha Village in Tigray, Ethiopia

10 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2010 Last revised: 29 Jun 2013

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Tsegay Wolde-Georgis

University of Colorado at Boulder - Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), INSTAAR

Kiros Hadgu

Mekelle University

Amanuel Abreha

Mekelle University

Akiliu Habtu

Independent

Date Written: January 12, 2010

Abstract

In the last two decades Ethiopia has been implementing a community based environmental rehabilitation program that focused on water and soil conservation with optimistic outcomes. This paper describes the experience of a successful local based and cost effective intervention that transformed a food-insecure, drought-prone Ethiopian village into a sustainable community in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. The result is a partnership between the local community, the government, micro-credit institutions and extension agents. The regional food security bureau calls it a food security demonstration project. Sharing this experience with the wider world is timely as “climate change adaptation” has become a buzz phrase. The experience of this “bright spot” as opposed to “hotspot” is important because it is a testimony that climate change adaptation policies should be considered part of the development process and be implemented at the local level. It is believed that when such holistic interventions are upscaled the problems associated with food security might be resolved sustainably.

Keywords: climate change adaptation, village, rural development, hope changin climate, vulnerability, millenium, food security project, Ethiopia, Africa

JEL Classification: N4, Q2, Q4, Q10, O10

Suggested Citation

Wolde-Georgis, Tsegay and Hadgu, Kiros and Abreha, Amanuel and Habtu, Akiliu, Climate Change Adaptation and Impact Mitigation: A Case Study of the Abraha Wa Atsebaha Village in Tigray, Ethiopia (January 12, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1544531 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1544531

Tsegay Wolde-Georgis (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), INSTAAR ( email )

Boulder, CO
United States

Kiros Hadgu

Mekelle University ( email )

P.O. Box 450
Mekelle, Tigray, Tigray 231
Ethiopia

Amanuel Abreha

Mekelle University ( email )

P.O. Box 450
Mekelle, Tigray, Tigray 231
Ethiopia

Akiliu Habtu

Independent

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