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Newly rehabilitated micro dam enables more than 15,000 pastoral households to cope with droughts better by making water available for humans and livestock throughout the year

Haro Bake, Borena Zone, Ethiopia, November 3, 2015 – The community in Haro Bake today celebrated the opening of a rehabilitated micro dam that will increase its reservoir capacity by 502,800 cubic meters. The micro dam, rehabilitated with the support of the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will enhance the community’s resilience and improve the nutritional status of families by saving the lives of thousands of livestock and increasing the amount of milk and meat obtained from them. The additional water harvested from the micro dam will enhance the ability of more than 15,000 households in the Borena rangelands and surrounding area to cope with failed rains and drought. The dam will also improve peace and security in the area by reducing conflict over dwindling water resources.

The Economist’s first Ethiopia Summit has kicked off Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel here in Addis Abeba. Part of a series of high growth country summits organized by the Economist bringing together industry and business leaders as well as government officials, the two day Summit themed “Driving Continued Growth,” provides a platform to discuss the factors shaping the country’s growth.