In order to start the implementation of the CRGE strategy, CRGE fast track pilot project were designed. These projects were prepared by sectors and regions within the six CRGE prior ministries. In January 2014, the Management Committee allocated 20.8 Million USD to these core CRGE sectors; Agriculture, Forest, Water, Energy, Transport and Urban Development and Construction. In collaboration with relevant actors, sectors prepared Fast Track Investments (FTIs) for immediate implementation (with an ideal time frame of 18 months). FTIs were submitted to the CRGE Facility and appraised against three high level criteria: relevance, impact and deliverability (MoFEC, 2015). Hence, it was these sectors expected to draw lessons from implementation of these FTIs and build long term strategic plans in line with GTP II planning process to enable sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. These pilot projects has portrayed many successes so far with a vision of protecting climate change vulnerability of the country so as to maximize farmers productivity and preventing drought that could be caused by it. Additionally, they were implemented by the full participation of communities’ intervention, in a carefully planned manner, not to overlap with other ongoing programmes and projects.
The Agriculture Sector CRGE Fast Track Investment (AFTI) is one of the first initiatives designed and implemented to pilot CRGE climate smart ideas. The project was designed to support the actual implementation of CRGE strategy in a way to meet GTP targets and contribute to the realization of the vision of middle income economy with net zero GHG emission by 2025. Therefore, the interventions under this project were intended to reduce GHG emissions from this sector, reduce its vulnerability to climate change, and contribute to increase per capita income.
The implementation of the project has been made possible by the collaboration of Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR), Regional Bureaus of Agriculture (RBoAs), Piloted Woreda Offices of Agriculture (PWoAs) and Woreda Administrations (WAs). The project was implemented in nine regions and one city administration which are encompassing 27 identified pilot woredas. The project mainly focused on area specific climate proof activities in the sector that improve income, increase livelihood and adaptive capacity of communities in a changing climate. The following are core activities in the AFTP intervention.
. Increasing livestock and crops productivity through low emitting techniques
· Agricultural value chain development and market access
· Watershed management including sustainable management and water harvesting
· Community mobilization
· Institutional partnership
· Capacity building
· Knowledge management
To date the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources have carried out many tasks on that regard on capacity building, using seed variety, soil fertility, drought resistance crops, improved livestock’s and crops farming and climate resilient green economic activities under AFTI project. The project was implemented nationally within 27 Woredas of nine regions and Dira Dawa City Administration.
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