Nuru Ethiopia 2022 Impact Report
Authors: Heath Prince and Thomas Boswell (Ray Marshall Center); Tatek Amataw, Biruk Abayneh, and Zerihun Woldesenbet (Nuru Ethiopia); and Casey Harrison, Matt Lineal, and Ian Schwenke (Nuru International)
Date: July 2023
Publication Type: Report, 21pp.
This report is commissioned by Nuru International
In 2022, Nuru Ethiopia (NE) offered interventions in cooperative and rural livelihoods programming with 18,194 participant households in Gamo and Gofa Zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. The intervention activities were punctuated by a shift in approach to supporting larger cooperative unions and cascading services to an increased number of primary cooperatives and farmers. The intervention activities achieved the following outcomes:
• NE-supported farmer organizations achieved an average SCOPEinsight score of 4.4 out of 5, demonstrating competitiveness at national, regional, and global levels for agricultural farmer organization businesses.
• 90% of NE-supported farmer organizations have achieved net profitability from their business operations as of 2022.
• NE-supported Hidota Union Cooperative achieved a 4% net profit margin as of 2022, which expands its ability to invest in member primary cooperatives and farmer livelihoods.
• By participating in the diversified livelihood interventions, Nuru farmers were able to generate $411 USD of extra income, an increase of 77% compared to their 2020 baseline value of $233 USD and a continued increase over previous years.
In achieving impactful outcomes for households and cooperatives, NE interventions overcame significant weather shocks related to climate change and historic hyperinflation. All NE operating areas in SNNPR were affected to a different degree by these shocks. Still, NE successfully adapted its intervention activities to a new union approach that relies on digital development strategies and union cooperative staff to achieve impact for primary cooperatives and farmer households. This shift toward lower-cost and higher visibility training and extension services began in 2021 and was mainstreamed in 2022. This multi-year effort explains the significant increase in the number of farmers NE supported from 2021 to 2022. In summary, NE overcame substantial obstacles, maintained impact, and significantly expanded the breadth and depth of its programming in 2022.