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Meeting with Ethiopia's Minister

Talks during FAO's Regional Conference for Africa

8 April 2016, Abidjan - FAO Director-General today met with Ethiopia's Minister for Agriculture, Tefera Derbew, on the margins of FAO's Regional conference for Africa.

The discussion focused on El Niño's impact on rural communities and the strategic response of the government of Ethiopia.

Minister Tefera presented a system of grain reserves and irrigation schemes that allow the rural population to have access to water and cope with the effects of climate change in the country. "This system has helped to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable population," he said adding that Ethiopia is also implementing a large social safety net programme that helps poor farmers to sell their assets in times of crisis.