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Ethiopia. Growing better.

Help women farmers grow more, sell more and provide a better future for their children.

Just a few pounds can help women farmers to grow better quality crops, and improve their earnings so they can invest for the long term.

Thanks to your generous support, this project has met its funding target for now. We will be accepting donations for next phase of this project in 2017.


Your donation can do something brilliant

It will go towards helping determined small-scale farmers like Gannat Bariso in Gambelto Kebele, south-eastern Ethiopia. She recently joined the Oxfam-backed local women's co-operative, which enabled her to get a loan to buy better quality potato seeds. She also attended an Oxfam training course to improve her farming skills.

The result was startling. Gannat produced twice as much as previous years, which meant that she could easily feed her family and have enough left to sell to buy other essentials and to put back into her farm.

"I will build on my assets and produce a reliable source of income. In our village, I am a witness that working with poor women like me is a good way to start people's lives."


Farmer Gannat Bariso, proudly stands by her newly harvested wheat crop.

What your money can buy

is enough to train one woman farmer in seed multiplication and provide her with regular mentoring for one year

could help one household to irrigate their land and produce enough to eat for one year

A bit of background

Ethiopia is among the world's poorest countries, with many areas such Gambelto Kebele, prone to drought and regular food shortages. But despite the hardships local farmers, many of who are women, receive very little support from the government or anyone else. Because they own so little, it's hard for them to get even a small loan to help build an irrigation system, or buy fertiliser or decent seeds. It results in many farming families going hungry.

Women farmers also face inequality. Getting credit, taking up training, joining a farmers' group or making important decisions is usually limited to men. And because of their lack of storage facilities, business training and limited knowledge of current prices, women farmers struggle to find new markets or make a decent profit from selling their produce.

How we're helping

With your support we can help thousands of small-scale women farmers by providing agricultural training, better quality seeds, irrigation, and the chance to work together to improve their yields.

Women farmers will also get business training and tips on co-operative working so they can obtain small loans and negotiate better prices for their produce. In addition, they will be able to collectively lobby local authorities for more support, and better storage and transport facilities. By demonstrating their business skills and leadership, it will also help to improve women's confidence and local influence.

Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Sitota Birhanu grows vegetables on a small patch of land. She was one of a number of farmers in her village who have been able to benefit from Oxfam agricultural training, seeds, fertiliser and a local irrigation scheme.

 Last season, I was able to harvest 60 boxes of tomatoes. With the money I earned I was able to buy corrugated iron to improve our home, and to take care of my children.

I'm an active member of my irrigation water users group. And I have a dream to make more income through diversifying high-value vegetable crops and improve our living conditions.

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.