The United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Wednesday that it will continue to support agricultural development in the Ethiopian regional state of Southern Nations and Peoples.
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According to the global agency, its purpose is to promote the growth of agriculture in that region until it reaches the necessary levels and guarantee food security, an issue that was addressed at the 16th meeting of the agency’s multidisciplinary team, held on Tuesday.
During a meeting with the regional president of the Peoples of Southern Ethiopia, Ristu Yirdaw, the FAO representative in Ethiopia, Farayi Zimudzi, referred to the continuity of donations and training to achieve these objectives.
Zimudzi indicated that although efforts are being made to improve farmers’ income and nutrition, there are gaps in financing strategies and access to resources.
For his part, Yirdaw affirmed that they develop multifaceted activities so that agriculture is the support of adequate food for the population and thus contribute to the development of the country.
In this regard, he described as promising the YeLemat Trufat initiative, which is implemented to improve the nutrition system and proportion of each farmer.
At the same time, he asked the FAO and other international entities for support in the modernization of the sector, the marketing system, the supply of machinery and the development of capacities.
The regional body has a presence in Ethiopia and in seven other countries in East Africa, one of the areas of the planet most vulnerable to the problems caused by food shortages.