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Impact Evaluation: Ifaa Resilience Food Security Activity in Ethiopia

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Evaluations and Research

The Ifaa resilience food security activity (RFSA) is implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the region of Oromia in Ethiopia. Oromia is Ethiopia’s largest, most populous region and one of its poorest, with complex and interlinked causes of poverty and food insecurity. The goal of the Ifaa RFSA is to improve the food security of vulnerable households in targeted Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) communities, contributing to a sustained reduction in rural poverty in Oromia. Per the goals and objectives of reducing food insecurity and poverty, Ifaa aims to provide a range of support interventions to more than 60,000 households. These interventions aim to strengthen and improve government services; agriculture and livelihood opportunities; health and nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); gender and youth empowerment; and natural resource management and the environment. 

Baseline Study of the Ifaa RFSA

This report captures baseline round data collected from May to July 2022. Under the Implementer-Led Evaluation and Learning (IMPEL) Associate Award funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Causal Design is conducting an Impact Evaluation (IE) of the Ifaa RFSA using baseline and endline survey data in the target areas in Oromia, Ethiopia. The IE relies on a clustered randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to estimate its impact on study indicators that include food security, child nutrition, and health; women’s maternal nutrition; WASH practice; agricultural practice and production; poverty measurement; gender dynamics; and resilience.