The Development FundSupports small scale farmers in their fight against hunger and poverty

Ethiopia

Our core work is helping poor farmers acchieve improved food security and better nutrition.

The Development Fund of Norway (DF) is a Norwegian-based NGO with the vision: A sustainable and just World without hunger and poverty. DF is working to promote a more fair distribution of the world’s resources by supporting sustainable development and local participation aimed at reducing poverty and at safeguarding the environment. In Ethiopia, the DF has supported rural development and natural resource management projects with local partners since 1982.

What we do

Development Fund of Norway in Ethiopia works on the following thematic areas:

Improved food security and better nutrition among the target population

To achieve this we promote:

  • Training of extension workers and development agents in crop and livestock production
  • Training of farmers and pastoralists in fruit and vegetable production, improved agronomic practices, livestock management – including fodder production, micro gardening, water lifting technologies, dairy and backyard farming
  • Vaccination and treatment of livestock
  • Promote production and consumption of vegetables, legumes and other nutritious food crops
  • Training-of-trainers to teach maternal and child nutrition to health extension workers
  • Training of pregnant and lactating mothers in nutritious feeding practice


Our core work is helping poor farmers acchieve improved food security and better nutrition.

Increased adaptive capacity to climate change in the target groups

To achieve this we promote:

  • Reduce deforestation and preserving indigenous forest through Participatory Forest Management (PFM)
  • Training of lead farmers, follower farmers, extension workers and agricultural experts in climate smart agriculture, including conservation agriculture
  • Selection of niche-specific drought and disease resistant local seed varieties
  • Establishment of seed banks, seed selection and seed multiplication
  • Construction of small-scale irrigation schemes and establishment of user cooperatives for irrigation
  • Promotion of physical and biological soil and water conservation activities (stone and soil bunds, trenches, check dams, micro basins, gully reclamation, in situ moisture conservation, establishment of nurseries, demonstration sites, tree plantations etc.)
  • Construction and rehabilitation of water harvesting structures (cisterns including cattle troughs; hand-dug wells with storage structures; rope and washer pumps; roof water harvesting.
  • Promotion of climate adapted villages (CAVs) in selected villages.
  • Promotion of energy efficient technologies (bio-gas, solar lanterns, fuel saving stoves)
  • Establishment of producers of energy saving stoves

Income, business development and entrepreneurship

To achieve this we promote:

  • Establishment and strengthening of SACCOS, VSLG, SHG, business cooperatives, and increase access to credit for men, women, youth and persons with disabilities
  • Training of men, women, youth and persons with disabilities in business development and entrepreneurship skills
  • Selection and organisation of farmers, women and youth to engage in production of high value commodities (malt barley, durum wheat, sesame and dairy products) with links to reliable markets
  • Training of men, women, youth and people with disabilities in value addition for agricultural products
  • Strenghtening and develop the Honey Value Chain


Womens saving group in Dalifage, Afar.

Strengthening of civil society organizations

To achieve this we promote:

  • Increased capacity of partner organisations for planning, monitoring, and financial and organizational management
  • Strengthen the capacity of groups and cooperatives for organizational and financial management
  • Support dialog and collaboration between civil society organisations and local government

Social inclusion and gender equity increased

To achieve this we promote:

  • Ensure that the program benefits women and men equally by introducing gender sensitive activities like climate smart agriculture, backyard gardening, village savings and loan groups, prepare women to assume leading positions in cooperatives.
  • Provide water sources that reduce the distance traversed during water collection
  • Provide alternative energy source to reduce the distance traversed during firewood collection
  • Provide opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in business development and entrepreneurship

Our approach

Our development work in Ethiopia is centered on strengthening local organizations and systems. We implement all our programs through local partner organizations and in close collaboration with local Government structures. Currently DF has 12 implementing partners in Ethiopia.

Where we work

From 2017 – 2020, DF will be working in selected Zones and Woredas in; Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, SNNPR and Tigray Regions.

Target population

DF is mainly working with farmers, agro pastoralists and pastoralist in the rural areas of Ethiopia. We target the poor households that are struggling to have enough nutritious food to feed their families, the households affected by the changing climate, female headed households that have less access to extension services and inputs, youth that lack access to land and people with disabilities that often are excluded in their communities. 

Partner organizations in Ethiopia

  • Action for Integrated and Sustainable Development Association (AISDA)
  • Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA)
  • Organization for Welfare and Development Association (OWDA)
  • Pastoralist Welfare Organization (PWO)
  • Relief Society of Tigray (REST)
  • Ethio-Wetland & Natural Resources Association (EWNRA)
  • Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action (MELCA)
  • Ethio-Organic Seed Action (EOSA)
  • Women Support Association (WSA)
  • Organization for Rural Development in Amhara (ORDA)
  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
  • HELVETAS
  • International Development Enterprises (iDE) Ethiopia