ASE launched a Livelihood for Resilience Activity (GRAD II) project on July 20, 2017 in Hosanna. The launching was conducted at the Shambalala Hotel in the presence of regional, zonal and woreda level stakeholders. Among the participants were, fifty eight senior woreda administrators, heads of six signatory offices of Hadiya zone, representatives from each target woreda, representatives of OMO, Meklit and Metemamen micro finance institutions (MFIs). Of these, 49 were male and 9 female.
A representative of the Hadiya zone administration office and chief administrators of each target project woreda were present along with the Chief of Party and representatives of CARE consortium coordination unit (CCU), Mr John Meyer, CARE SNNPR office representative and SNV Ethiopia representative.
The launching workshop was officially opened by Dr Tibebu Dejene representative of Hadiya zone chief administrator. In his opening keynote address, Dr. Tibebu underlined the fact that the government of Ethiopia is doing its best to reduce the national poverty level which however cannot be achieved without the active involvement of other non government stakeholders such as ASE. He expressed his strong belief that the current Livelihood for Resilience (GRAD 2) project to contribute a lot towards the national effort against poverty. He also confirmed that the zonal government will support the project during implementation.
During the launching workshop, a brief history of Agri Service Ethiopia was presented by the Executive Director of ASE, W/ro Aynalem Ashebir. This was followed by the presentation of Ato Michael John, the Program Division Manager of ASE. He presented GRAD I experience and lessons learnt. Ato Tesfaye Regassa, the ASE GRAD 2 Project Manager gave brief highlight of the goal, objectives and implementation strategies of the GRAD 2 project. Other topics were also presented by representatives of the donor organization, CARE Ethiopia and SNV Ethiopia, the technical partner of the project, as follows:
Two GRAD I beneficiaries, W/ro Himile Lobalo from Meskan and W/ro Sefiya Fito from Mareko woreda gave inspiring testimonies about how the project changed their life.
At the end of the workshop, constructive feedback and positive comments were given by participants as follows:
ASE launched the Livelihood for Resilience Activity (GRAD 2) project for each project target woredas at respective woreda centers. The launching was attended by one hundred and fifteen kebele chief administrators, managers and DAs as well as representatives of each signatory offices, woreda food security task forces and woreda administrators. A total of three hundred ninety five,(395) participants took part. Of these, 370 were male and 25 female.
Ato Tesfaye Regassa presented ASE’s background and highlights from GRAD I project in Meskan and Mareko area as well as the goal, purposes and detail planned activities of the GRAD 2 project. He also discussed the strategies that GRAD II will follow to support the graduation of 10,000 project beneficiaries. He requested the active involvement of the woreda and kebele level stakeholders for the success of the project.
All target project woreda and kebele stakeholders have ensured their commitment by signing a MoU with ASE so as to jointly handle the implementation of the Project at kebele level using the kebele level government staffs including development agents, health extension workers, rural job creation experts and others. During the launching workshop, each woreda established a technical working group composed of representatives from the government Agriculture and Natural Resource Management offices, Livestock and Fishery Resource development office, Finance and Economic Development office, Women and Children’s Affairs office, Social and Labor office, Cooperative Development office, Youth and Sport office, Health Office and Food Security Coordination Unit. The main role of the established technical groups is to assist in the implementation of project activities at each kebele level and in each woreda. The technical groups would also support project activities, ASE's development facilitators and the lead woreda extension facilitators during the establishment of the Village Economic and Social Associations (VESAs). It would also assist in solving problems and challenges upon ASE’s request.