Innovations in Livelihoods for Resilience


Livelihoods for Resilience is constantly seeking new ways to reach impact for people who need it. Some of our approaches are:

  • Help families find more coping mechanisms: Families savings went up nearly 12 times, and they doubled the assets that they had.  They also increased their productive assets by 20%.
  • Connect families to financial opportunities: 77% of GRAD households saved their money in VESAs (the Ethiopian version of a VSLA), and 41% got access to loans from formal institutions with support from Loan Guarantee Funds.  The average loan amount went up by 89%, and families shifted their borrowing from loan sharks to VESAs.
  • Increase access to training: 52% of participants got agricultural training, and they said that participating in the VESA meant that they were more willing to adopt new techniques and improved seeds.
  • Get access to inputs: The project worked with agro-dealers to help 30,000 households access the inputs they needed to improve production.
  • Create safe spaces: The evaluation points out that one of the most important actions GRAD took was creating safe space for dialogue between men and women on traditional gender roles. 
  • Be flexible: The project built in a crisis modifier, which meant that when El Nino hit, they could easily shift their strategies to respond to the new situation.  One example is that they distributed seed vouchers in women’s names so that they could access inputs to replant when droughts wiped out the crops.
  • Focus on Climate Change Resiliency: 84% of households adopted at least two practices associated with climate change adaptation, and 96% have adopted at least one practice including early maturing crop varieties, moisture conserving practices, and drought tolerant crop types and varieties. CARE’s CVCA model is also a key part of PRIME and other resilience projects in Ethiopia.
  • Enabling Environment: 86% of participants aspire to graduate. The project also works with market actors like agrodealers to make markets accessible for the poorest families.

Check out some more of our innovations.


The project supports small local businesses to provide farmers with the inputs they need to increase production. These businesses are close to home, and provide the quantity and quality that works for smallholder farmers.


Women in GRAD go door-to-door selling products to improve nutrition and crop production, as well as other household goods in high demand.

Livestock Marketing Collectives

Several small-scale producers band together to get better prices and connect to more market opportunities.

Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes

Orange sweet potatoes are among the most nutritious crops farmers can grow, and provide a range of health and nutrition benefits for the whole family.

Diffused Light Storage

Potatoes are a crop that can earn families a lot of money, but it's important to store seeds for next year.