Food Coalition

Inputs from HiHi-FAO Ethiopia to the corporate umbrella programme for COVID-19 response

Ethiopia was already facing major vulnerabilities before the COVID-19 pandemic. The macroeconomic and development situation was strained, unemployment was high, particularly among young people trying to find opportunities in an economy with high informality levels. Social unrest, triggered by longstanding issues that could now be aired in a more open civic and political environment, had led to conflict, the loss of lives and property, and the internal displacement of 1.7 million people.

The COVID-19 pandemic restrictive measures are already negatively affecting the agro-industrial parks that are meant to be the backbone of modernization in the agriculture sector by improving production and productivity (quantity and quality) and commercializing. Travel restrictions have already destabilized the flow of agricultural commodities to the parks, thereby affecting the entire food value chain, including processing, transportation, and distribution of food crops. The restrictive measures also affected the availability of inputs (fertilizers, seeds, animal feed, veterinary products and services, extension and advisory services), which will negatively affect the productivity of the majority of rural Ethiopian producers who operate at very low productivity and are highly vulnerable to shocks.

The livestock sector, that represents an important food intake source and export value is also suffering due to restrictions on movement and disruptions of markets.

Priority Areas of work: Other
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Level: Country
Country: Ethiopia
Budget: USD 350 000 to USD 500 000

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