Yara decided to support the community adjacent to their mine in Afar, when they saw how the ongoing drought affected the region. The donation of USD 100,000 will be managed by the Development Fund’s local partner Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA). APDA is a well-established local organization, and a long-standing partner of the Norwegian Development Fund. The Development Fund and APDA possess important knowledge about the drought situation and the local community – essential to ensuring a high-quality project.
Norwegian Yara is the world's largest producer of fertilizer. To produce fertilizer, they extract the minerals from a number of places in the world, including the Afar region, North of Ethiopia. The production site is located in Dallol, a place with incredibly demanding natural conditions. An average day here is 37 degrees - warmer than anywhere else in the world. During summer it is not uncommon for with a temprature over 50 degrees.
Under such conditions, it is difficult for the pastoralists to find feed and water for their livestock. It does not get easier when the rain is overdue for many months, as in the current situation.
"For Yara it is important to help solve challenges related to food security and environment in the community which we are part of. Therefore, when crisis hit our community in Dallol, it is natural for us to contribute. As a long-term actor/stakeholder, we are committed to being a valuable partner in the areas in which we operate, "says Lars Baller in Yara Dallol.
The drought in the area is serious and the situation desperate for many Ethiopians. Last year there was only two days of rain. There is a shortage of feed for livestock, and affected populations have already lost large numbers of livestock. Afar is one of the regions most hardly affected by the drought in Ethiopia. The government, together with the UN, have asked for USD 1,4 billion to meet the humanitarian needs, of which less than 50 percent has been covered thus far. The donation to Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) is therefore a welcome contribution. Further, this private sector contribution of the drought response is a much needed and positive example of untraditional partner cooperating to counter the effects of the drought.
The Development Fund also receives funding from the Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa, to work on climate smart agriculture and to build resilience for the years to come.
Read more about the Development Fund’s work in Ethiopia here: http://www.utviklingsfondet.no/vart-arbeid/etiopia/
Read more about the Embassy’s humanitarian work here: http://www.norway.org.et/News_and_events/DevelopmentCooperation/humanitarian/