Enhancing Incomes and Resilience of Pastoralists in Ethiopia through Vertically Integrated Livestock Supply Chains
01 Oct 2023
Vertically integrated supply chains in Ethiopia demonstrate how a market systems resilience approach can support pastoralists in the face of drought.
As droughts in the lowlands of Ethiopia increase in frequency and severity, a key resilience capacity for livestock producers is their ability to generate income and savings from their animals, which they can use to purchase feed and other inputs when droughts strike. A key constraint is that livestock demand in the lowlands is fragmented, highly seasonal and often evaporates during dry seasons and droughts.
This learning brief describes how the Mercy Corps-led RIPA-North program used a Market Systems Resilience (MSR) approach to transform the structure of livestock supply chains in the lowlands to benefit female pastoralists and agro-pastoralists, resulting in a 193% increase in livestock purchases and year-round demand that withstood even the recent severe drought.
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