Sadly, climate change means that the frequency and severity of natural disasters have increased. Nowhere are the consequences more severe than in areas of the world where farmers rely on the land and their livestock to feed themselves and their families.
Currently, in Ethiopia, increased droughts and a lack of access to water mean livestock are starving to death and communities are facing food shortages, forcing them to leave their homes in search of water. In fact, a staggering two million people are in need of food assistance and support to earn a living.
Ethiopia: Fighting drought through technology
Our project in Ethiopia will help ensure that livestock do not die during times of drought. We’re providing 3,000 farmers with ways to cope with drought including specially-adapted forms of insurance and innovative technology. This will enable farmers to ensure their families and livestock can access water during periods of drought.
Using satellite imagery sent to mobile phones, farmers will be able to find food and water sources to nourish their livestock and sustain their families. Dams will be built to ensure water is available to irrigate crops, whilst animals will be micro-chipped to combat animal theft and to track animal illness. Women will also be trained in basic veterinary skills, whilst our special insurance will ensure that farmers’ incomes are protected during times of drought.
Ramadan is a time where we turn back to Allah and show gratitude for the life we have, helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
“Whosoever saves a life, it is as if they have saved all of mankind” (Qur’an 5:32)