Armed with better resources, information and a sense of cooperation, they returned to the fields — and harvested nearly 4,000 pounds of potatoes from their once-unproductive farm. That’s nearly 15,000 servings. GRAD linked them with local markets, where they sold the spuds for a $525 profit.
But the success didn’t end there. Admasu and Melkam invested their earnings in drought-resistant barley seeds, which yielded another successful crop — and more profit, helping to triple the family’s income (GRAD families on average upped their incomes by 87 percent) and grow their access to nutritious food. That means better health for their children. In
act, by the end of the program, GRAD had multiplied by eight times the number of children under 2 who ate a sufficient diet. And it had quadrupled the number of kids eating from four or more food groups each day. The project continues as Livelihoods for Resilience Activity and will last through 2021, targeting 110,000 more households.