Morning tea with the family
GURADHERA, ETHIOPIA - FEBRUARY 8, 2014:
As a part of her morning routine, Ethiopian pastoralist Dhaki Wako Baneta, 24, pours breakfast tea—mixed with cow’s milk, sugar and spices—for her family of five. As a part of a USAID-supported resilience program, families are learning the importance of nutrition for children in their first 1,000 days of life and the role of milk as a healthy resource. The program connected Dhaki with a more reliable market for her milk, increasing her revenue and her family’s financial security in case of drought or market shock. However, the program has also provided communities with important education. Families have learned about the nutritional importance of milk, how to preserve crop residue, and how to use the best systems of cattle grazing and feed management. As a result, demand for milk is up, children are healthier, livestock and agricultural activities are optimized and, when drought occurs, families have back-up stores from which to feed their animals and nourish their crops. In Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world with a quickly growing population that is likely to strain infrastructures and economies, these kinds of efforts are important steps in helping thousands of pastoralists like Dhaki and Wako mitigate, adapt to and recover from environmental stresses.
Morgana Wingard, USAID
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