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Drought returned to Ethiopia in 2015 with a vengeance. Described as the most severe to hit the region in over half a century.

While hundreds of thousands required emergency assistance, disaster risk reduction and prevention measures, aided by the timely availability and dissemination of climate information, kept mass starvation at bay.

BRACED has helped enhance the readiness of communities in Ethiopia to respond to climate threats, from improving access to climate information to risk management.

Our data on disaster risk reduction
4% more communities are accessing early warning systems to protect their livelihoods since taking part in the BRACED programme.
Key findings
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The number of people accessing early warning systems to protect their livelihoods has increased since the start of the BRACED programme. 

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The use of early warning systems amongst all income groups has increased, including poor households.

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Kemia Ahmed

The acacia forests that once covered the hills surrounding the mountainous district of Kombulcha, where Kemia lives, are long gone as human consumption has outstripped efforts to plant trees. 

With fuel-wood conserving stoves, Kemia and women like her are helping protect the forests and reduce climate change.

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