M&E Support to the Market Approaches to Resilience (MAR) Project

Market Approaches to Resilience (MAR) is testing market-based approaches to improving the resilience of vulnerable pastoralist and agro-pastoralist households to climate change in Ethiopia. LTS International is the M&E Agent for MAR.

  • MAR is implemented by Farm Africa for DFID in the Afar, SNNP and Somali regions of Ethiopia.
  • It is part of DFID’s multi-country Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme.
  • It is a 3-year programme with a total budget of almost £7 million.
  • LTS is contracted by Farm-Africa


Increasing climate uncertainty and variability have brought many pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in Ethiopia’s lowlands, who are heavily dependent on natural resources, to the edge of survival. 

MAR is testing innovative market-based approaches to improving the climate resilience of vulnerable pastoralist and agro-pastoralist households and BRACED will leverage and engage private investment where possible.

A rigorous approach to evaluation of the pilots is needed to generate a strong body of evidence and lessons for change.


LTS provides rigorous monitoring and evaluation support to ensure lessons are captured and digested. This includes:

  • Development of the M&E System, theory of change, logframe, indicators and data sources, ensuring alignment with the BRACED M&E Systems and Guidance;
  • Development of a resilience indicator (KPI4) to report to the UK government’s International Climate Fund;
  • Developing the baseline survey tool and designing and implementing the baseline survey, including impact assessment methodology;
  • Developing the innovative Rangeland Vegetation NDVI monitoring tool (RaVeN) which uses freely available optical and radar satellite data to monitor the availability of quality pasture;

Conducting mid-term and final evaluations and impact assessment.

Value and benefits

MAR’s intended impact is that Pastoralist, agro-pastoralist and peri-urban households in lowland areas of Ethiopia cope, adapt and transform in the face of climate extremes and disasters for improved well-being. Effective M&E will help it achieve this.

Update (September 2015): New Briefing Note on Market Approaches to Resilience

Mountain View

For more information, please visit the BRACED website here.

Mid-term Review and Planning for the Norwegian-funded Conservation Farming Unit Programme

Norad has provided NOK 302m to support the promotion of conservation agriculture through the Conservation Agriculture Programme (CAP II) in Zambia and Conservation Agriculture Regional Programme (CARP) in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. These two programmes are managed by the Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) of the Zambian National Farmers Union under a contract with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

LTS International will design and deliver the mid-term review and provide recommendations to support decision-making with respect to further Norwegian support to the programmes and to conservation agriculture in general. LTS has provided an overall team leader and national consultants in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.