Afar Pastoralist Development Association (ADPA)


1 – Afar Education: The most crucial issue in the socio-economic development of the Afar is that of establishing accessible and appropriate education in the pastoral setting. Schools in towns and villages of the region that teach in Amharic, a language foreign to the Afar, have alienated the Afar herdsmen from education opportunity. While the […]

Mobile Primary Health

Health coverage in Afar Region Coverage in figures The region claims the following coverage: Overall health coverage: 52% EPI coverage: DPT 42% Potable water coverage: 32% Sanitation coverage: 2% Structural institutions The regional health structure consists of hospital → health center → clinic → health post. The government does not as yet have health agents […]

Water Harvesting

1.   Water development, the essential element for the Afar pastoralists Afar Region in eastern Ethiopia has the ignoble reputation of being the hottest inhabited place on Earth (National Geographic documentaries 2006 – ‘the Extremes’). With a normal rainfall of 100 to 300 mm per year across the region, the fear of thirst is endemic and […]

Pastoralist Women’s

The Role of women extension workers Within APDA, women extension workers are literate Afar women who are trained according to an agreed curriculum using an APDA – written training manual. Their training is upgraded annually and they are empowered to be agents of developmental change within the community they come from on: Hygiene and environmental […]


HIV & AIDS in the Afar society HIV in Afar Region: HIV & AIDS were apparent in the region as of the 1990’s. Initially the disease was associated with non-Afar but it became manifestly clear that the disease and transmission can and do have routes solely within the Afar society. The disease arises out of […]

Community cooperatives

Pastoralist Household Economic Development 1.   APDA’s economic development policy APDA as a community – based organization is therefore driven by community need. Since APDA’s aim is to empower the pastoralist community to development through their own means, then APDA is driven to see the absolute need and in fact urgency of facilitating household economic development. […]


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Pastoralist food security further endangered by locust infestation…
Nov 07 2019

Pastoralist food security further endangered by locust infestation… November 6th 2019 The accumulative affect of the main rains of 2019 Overall, the vicious storms of August/ September brought more devastation to livestock and environment than actual soil moisture to rejuvenate the pasture. Many areas now are slipping into what the Afar describe as dry season […]