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The project is being implemented in Afar and Somali regions, benefiting over 21 000 pastoral and agro-pastoral households. ©FAO

FAO welcomes Canada’s $2 million to safeguard agricultural livelihoods affected by COVID-19 and desert locusts in Ethiopia

11/05/2021

The Government of Canada has contributed USD$ 2.2 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s programme safeguarding livelihoods affected by COVID-19 and desert locusts in Ethiopia.

FAO is implementing the 18-months “Support vulnerable communities in Afar and Somali regions to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 and desert locusts” project in Afar and Somali regions, benefiting over 21 000 pastoral and agro-pastoral households.

The FAO Representative in Ethiopia, Ms. Fatouma Seid, thanked the Government of Canada for the funding, saying, “It will help FAO to respond to the immediate needs of the affected communities and set them on a path to recovery”.

Specifically, the project is providing pastoral and agro-pastoral households with supplementary animal feed, and facilitating vaccination, monitoring, and surveillance of common livestock diseases. It is also training extension staff, Community Animal Health Workers, and communities on good livestock husbandry practices.

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