We seek a future where poverty has been eradicated and all people enjoy equitable access to development opportunities and benefits.
Our Mission is to contribute to the eradication of poverty in Ethiopia by promoting livelihoods on a sustainable basis within the context of stimulating wider economic dynamism and growth in the Regional State of Tigray
REST works directly with communities to increase their incomes, improve health and education services, increase and diversify agricultural production, protect the environment, build appropriate water supply and sanitation systems, address child malnutrition, and strengthen local capacities in development. Drawing on our long experience and close relationship with the people and the Administration of Tigray, we play multiple and complementary roles as direct implementers of programs and projects, initiators and promoters of innovation in livelihood development and rural economic growth, and as facilitators of community development and empowerment in almost every Wareda of the Region.
1. TO REDUCE CURRENT HIGH LEVELS OF CHRONIC HOUSEHOLD FOOD INSECURITY
2. TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES AND MOST POOR AND VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS
3. TO PROMOTE EQUITY IN DEVELOPMENT
4. TO PROMOTE THE SUSTAINABLE USAGE OF RENEWABLE AND NON-RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCES
Year by year signs of good progress towards food security are becoming more and more evident. The past year was no exception. With your unwavering support and the commitment of REST staff, local government and thousands of communities throughout Tigray, in 2012 we achieved unprecedented results. We brought clean water to nearly 900 parched villages and scaled-up our work in natural resource management to curb the impacts of climate change. Thousands of poor farming households aw heir livelihoods improve when we launched a number of new technologies, especially in irrigation; introduced a range of profitable agricultural enterprises; and improved smallholder access to financial services and markets. Our integrated efforts in health, sanitation and nutrition have ensured that families are not only better off, they are also healthier and more likely to take advantage of the development opportunities around them.
As social protection policy starts to take shape in the country, REST also continues to be at the forefront in delivering the productive safety net program. We now reach over 750,000 chronically food insecure individuals in 12 Waredas, or about 60 percent of the total PSNP caseload in Tigray. Generously assisted by USAID, the results of 2012 speak for themselves: some 121,000 households officially graduated out of REST’s current PSNP operational Waredas, which is double the number of graduates compared to 2011, and nearly 70 percent of all PSNP households that graduated in Tigray in 2012 in all 31 official PSNP Waredas. These, and many other results, are resounding proof of the fact that REST is still an influential and indispensable player in Tigray’s development landscape.
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