The return of displaced rural communities to their lands after a decrease in armed violence represents both hope and challenge. Years of past labor to make their crops grow and their farms prosper have been shattered. Everything needs to be started again.
As part of its nationwide assistance operations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing support to farmers in collaboration with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) and local authorities.
By the end of 2022, more than 65,000 households in Amhara, Oromia, Somali and Tigray will have received assistance from the ICRC with seeds and cash for agricultural supplies such as fertilizer and tools. The total amount of seed distributed in 2022 comes to approximately 1,900 metric tons and is composed of sorghum, maize, teff, wheat and haricot beans.
"No one here was expecting this support. Thanks to the cash assistance, we can now buy more seeds, pesticides and other inputs. With God's help and if the rain comes, we will succeed," said Abebe Wudye Degu, farmer and father of six children.