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GMA Ethiopia Appeal

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STARVATION CRISIS IN EAST AFRICA

The East African food crisis, caused by drought, is terrible. The outside world, UN and aid system, are once again moving to supply food, all good. BUT in future, drought and food shortages could be significantly avoided by early interventions.

STATEMENT OF FACTS

It begins and ends with real people, mostly women farmers with families, whose access to irrigation finance and technical support is truly poor. In Ethiopia, there is a hidden problem, less than 10% of the suitable land is irrigated, according to several Ethiopian agriculturalists.

"I am losing my cattle. It is not possible to grow forage without water. My cattle also need water." East African, female farmer.

Every 10 or 15 years there is a multi-year East African drought and today at least 16 million people are on aid based feeding schemes. A large degree of this suffering could probably have been avoided if more land had been irrigated in the first place.

Looking ahead, the first vital step is to know where suitable land is and any irrigation support, map this and give to the entire aid sector, and you, so that we can all see what is happening, for the farmers.

The alternative is allowing the problem to repeat every 10 or 15 years.

HOW WILL MY DONATION HELP?

Global MapAid wants to start by building a local team in Ethiopia, to map the land that could be irrigated and where coverage could be improved.

“We are doing the best we can for our people.” Local aid worker, male, Ethiopia.

Then team can then make this available to the UN and aid system. The maps will show where access to the financial and technical support, mostly women farmers, is vitally needed.

GMA have already been busy mapping in Ethiopia, and made friends in the government university system who will lead. Our plan is to empower Ethiopia to see its own situation so that smart aid can be applied more precisely where it’s needed.

And when the job is done, our Ethiopian team will help other East African countries build their own teams for similar activities.

Map section showing micro-credit intensity, vital for irrigation.

Thanks to these friends who have given their time, money and advice to us.

ESRI

WorldVision

Tear Fund

Crowd2Map Tanzania

Google

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We are delighted to announce our black tie and tartan themed Burns Night Party on Friday 26th January 2018 at 7:30pm at The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat.

Celebrating Scotland in England, to promote Ethiopia, it is going to be an amazing evening full of fun - and a three course supper, cooked by Ollie Hunter who is a young award winning chef.

There will also be Scottish Dancing, an “Address to the Haggis”, an Auction of Promises and plenty of happy people…

The tickets are expensive, but ALL proceeds will go towards Global MapAid's effort to create an irrigation support mapping team in Ethiopia.

This mapping is vital, as millions of people are on a feeding programme there, due to the unprecedented drought that started in July 2011.
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