Addis Ababa September 05/2017 Chiefs of three United Nations food agencies lauded Ethiopia’s success on sustainable and participatory development programs in Tigray and Ethiopian Somali regional states.
David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the world Food and Agricultural Organizations (FAO), and Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) made the remark after concluding their visit to the regional states.
The chiefs visited joint development programs conducted by the Ethiopian government in collaboration with the agencies on natural and livestock resource development, and creation of market outlets as well.
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD lauded Ethiopia’s efforts in curbing the effects of drought by effectively blending relief efforts with sustainable development programs.
He noted that the delegation has observed the relentless efforts of the leadership at all levels of the administrative echelons in ascertaining the development programs in a sustained manner.
Houngbo said the sustainable development projects that have been carried out with the engagement of the public with high level of ownership in the regional states are successful.
The President also noted the complementary nature of projects conducted by nongovernmental organizations and interventions made by the government.
He appreciated successful efforts in the regional states on conducting environmental rehabilitation programs along with other sustainable development programs in progress.
The President mentioned the relief efforts in the Ethiopian Somali regional state, being conducted by blending relief programs with sustainable development projects currently underway in the state, as an example.
He noted on how the sustainable development programs have mainstreamed gender balance and climate change components into the programs conducted in the states.
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, for his part said he has observed that the development programs conducted in the states are participatory.
He added that he has realized how community members had participated in decision making and how they have taken initiatives on protecting the environment in their respective areas.
The Director General noted how local leadership teams have closely work with community members and how they have enabled the members of the pastoral communities to have access to information.
The General Secretary of WFP, David Beasley on his part appreciated efforts of the government geared towards minimizing the impacts of the current drought.
Preliminary precautionary efforts made by the government in collaboration with international partners have helped to reduce effects of the drought which could have been far more devastating.
Activities carried out in capacity building to ensure resilience and efforts made by communities have also helped to mitigate the effects of the drought, the Director General added.
He affirmed that FAO will work in full collaboration with the Ethiopian government in making current development programs come to fruition.
The three UN agencies are currently providing technical and financial support in helping to further modernize Ethiopia’s agriculture sector.