Graziano da Silva meets Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture
30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Ato Tefera Derebew, Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture, today discussed the implementation of a road map for Ethiopia adopted at the High-Level Meeting on food security in Addis Ababa in July 2013.
The two leaders discussed the rationale of the joint partnership between the African Union Commission, FAO and Brazil’s Lula Institute – the three organizers of the High-Level Meeting – and updated each other on progress made in the initiative to accelerate the fight against hunger in Africa. The government of Ethiopia is expected to play a key role in the initiative as a pilot country.
Four regional states have agreed to participate in the pilot phase (Amhara, Tigray, Somali and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNP)). The Ministry of Agriculture’s Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) has commissioned a study on which FAO is working with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences Agricultural Working Group to identify any implementation gaps.
The Director-General praised the approach at state level for focusing on the most vulnerable sectors of the population, which he believes will lead to successful results in eradicating hunger in Ethiopia.
The Director-General and the Minister of Agriculture also discussed the participation of the Ethiopian government in the South-South Cooperation program, under which five teams composed of 30 Chinese experts and technicians are being successfully deployed in four regional states (Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray).
Finally the Director-General encouraged the Minister to be fully involved in the implementation of the African Year of Agriculture and Food Security as well as the International Year of Family Farming.