UN Agencies Keen to Tackle Drought in Ethiopia through Sustainable Dev’t

05 Sep 2017
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Addis Ababa September 04/2017 The visiting heads of the three United Nations food agencies have met with Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen and discussed on issues of the current drought and ways to sustainably avert it.

The heads of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Program (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are visiting Ethiopia.

The heads during the discussion expressed their interest to engage in averting drought exposure in Ethiopia through sustainable development, Demeke told reporters after the discussion.

“Three of the agencies have expressed their interest to collaboratively tackle the chained occurrences of drought in Ethiopia by actively engaging in sustainable development”.

The heads of the agencies have been to Somalia and Tigray regional states to witness first-hand the scale of the drought and project aimed at building communities’resilience.

IFAD President, Gilbert F.Houngbo on his part said that the discussion was to focused “on how we can do better and improve the situation”.

“We had an opportunity to exchange further with the Deputy Prime Minister, so we can share our views on what we have found and most importantly to engage and listen to the deputy Prime Minister to get also the essence of where things tend and also how we can do better, how we can improve the situation.”

 “…we are looking at how we do at the same time that we focus on the humanitarian side we put much more emphasis on long term development working with the government which has a very strategic direction and we support that direction.” 

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