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Ethiopia News

WASH/IWRM Program Increases Agricultural

Productivity and Improves Livelihoods

 New Video Shows Integrated Water Resource Management in Action in Ethiopia WASH Program Funded by Hilton, Coca-Cola

Washington, DC , December 18, 2014 – The Millennium Water Alliance and its implementing partner in Ethiopia, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), have released two new videos on the WASH program in Ethiopia funded by The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF) and The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF).

 The videos – one eight minute version and one two-minute version – focus on how MWA member and Ethiopia program partner CRS, along with its local partner, Water Action, have been piloting a “multiple use services “ (MUS) approach in five Ethiopian woredas. The funding from TCCAF and CNHF has enabled MWA and its partners to expand their focus on MUS.

The MUS program at the Ancharo watershed in Kalu woreda (Amhara region) has been in place since 2010, and Ancharo residents have seen a dramatic shift in agricultural productivity. The WASH component is the focus of the MWA-Ethiopia Program, but at the same time CRS is working on a package of interventions combining WASH with agriculture, food security, and livelihood diversification.

The MWA-Ethiopia Program, involving CRS, CARE, Living Water International, WaterAid, World Vision, and local partners, has improved access to water for more than 350,000 people over three years.

See the full video here:

See the two-minute highlight version here:

For more information, contact:

Sarah Sparker, Program Officer

Susan Dundon, Programs Director

Melkamu Jaleta, Ethiopia Country Director