This report summarizes the results of a baseline household-level survey, led by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Consortium Research Program (CCAFS), carried out in 7 villages and 140 households in Borana, southern Ethiopia. The objective of this baseline effort was to describe the characteristics of the farming systems found across a wide range of research sites in 12 countries, including the Borana site, and to better understand what kinds of farming practice changes households have been making and why. We gathered information on the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of these farming households, basic livelihood and welfare indicators, agriculture and natural resources management practices and strategies, access to and use of climate and agricultural-related information, and current risk management, mitigation and adaptation practices. Randomly selected households were the units of analysis and a face-to-face questionnaire was the primary tool that was used for data collection.
This baseline survey has provided some key indicators relating to household well-being and agricultural adaptation strategies that will be monitored over time. This information will help to better target interventions aimed at improving them, as well as identifying key gaps in information that warrant further research.