This learning brief describes how CARE International, through the Mercy
Corps-led RIPA-North program, is working to foster locally driven services
for climate and early warning information. The brief highlights the impact
this is having in terms of household-level decision-making and also the
challenges of achieving long-term sustainability of these systems.

Climate change is wreaking havoc on livelihoods and food
security outcomes in the lowlands of Ethiopia. Timely access to
climate information services (CIS) can play a key role in enabling
producers to manage their livelihoods in the face of uncertainty
and mitigate the impact of shocks, but these systems are largely
absent in the lowlands.

Resilience in Pastoral Areas – North (RIPA-North) is a five-year,
$38 million USAID-funded program operating in lowland areas of
Somali, Oromia and Afar regions of Ethiopia (2020 – 2025). RIPANorth
aims to improve the resilience capacities of households, markets,
and governance institutions, collectively contributing to enhanced food
security and inclusive economic growth.

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BRIEF: Climate information services in Ethiopia – A key resilience capacity for households & businesses