Relief Society of Tigray (REST) is operating a USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP)-funded Development Food Security Activity as part of the Ethiopian government’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP).1 One priority of the REST PSNP activities is rehabilitating and recharging the natural resources of Tigray, Ethiopia. Towards this effort, REST is currently implementing public works and resource transfer activities in 12 woredas, or districts, in Tigray.
Situated in northern Ethiopia, Tigray has one of the country’s poorest economies and has long suffered from chronic and transitory food insecurity. It is a semi-arid and arid region consisting of complex landforms dominated by rugged mountain plateaus and deep gorges. Rainfall is sparse, erratic, and increasingly unpredictable due to intensifying climate changes. The location, terrain, and environment play a critical role in the success of Tigray becoming food secure.
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