FAO in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has been an FAO member since 1948 and FAO Representation in Ethiopia opened office in Addis Ababa in 1981. The City is also a sit for FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa Representation to the African, Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and serves as a diplomatic hub to many other organizations. The Country Office also operates sub offices in Afar, Amhara, Somali, Oromia, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNP) regional states.

FAO has been an active development partner to the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in implementing a wide range of programmes and projects to improve the food security and nutrition of its population as well as respond to emergencies in food and agriculture.

FAO Ethiopia is currently supporting implementation of over 27 projects with an estimated value of more than USD 85 321 308 million. The projects have been implemented in three main agro-ecological areas identified by the Government – adequate soil water moisture, moisture deficit and pastoral areas. However, the main emphasis has been on moisture-deficit and pastoral areas, the drier areas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regions; and the pastoral areas of Afar and Somali National Regional States. The projects cover a wide range of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management and value chain, marketing, agribusiness and land administration.

FAO has a worldwide networking with Member states, RECs and other partners. Besides, it has access to the decentralized capabilities at regional, sub-regional and country levels. Ethiopia is host to the FAO East African Sub-regional Office and representation to African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Therefore, the Country Program Framework has the advantage of tapping the knowledge base of its experts as well as that of its technical officers at FAO Headquarters.

FAO emergency programs support countries and partners to prepare for and respond to food and agriculture threats and emergencies. FAO’s emergency intervention in Ethiopia aims to improve the institutional and technical capacities of the Government and communities in disaster risk reduction – prevention, mitigation and preparedness.