ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) –
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has highlighted
enhanced partnerships with the Ethiopian government and other
stakeholders to support the country’ s effort to end hunger by
2025 or even before.
This came on Friday at a workshop organized in Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa to deliberate on ways of further
strengthening Ethiopia’s activities to realize regional and
international goals and commitments towards ending hunger and
poverty from the country.
FAO on 30 Nov. 2014 recognized and awarded the East African
country for its outstanding progress in fighting hunger at a
ceremony held in Rome, Italy.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and FAO jointly
organized the one-day workshop primarily to dwell upon a study/
exercise conducted to review Ethiopia’s strategies, policies,
programs and investment plans in the areas of food security,
nutrition and social protection.
With various activities and mechanisms including the Africa
Solidarity Trust Fund initiative, FAO has been working in
partnership with African countries to strengthen food security
across the continent by assisting countries and their regional
organizations in efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition,
eliminate rural poverty and manage natural resources in a
The workshop also featured the official project launch of the
Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, whereby Ethiopia is benefiting two
million U.S. dollars to stimulate policy dialogue towards ending
hunger and eradicating poverty in the country.
“This workshop has been organized to share the highlights of
the key findings of the review/mapping exercise and stimulate
action towards enhanced partnership to end hunger in Ethiopia
by 2025,” said Susan Minae, FAO Coordinator for Eastern Africa
Officially opening the workshop, Mitiku Kassa, Ethiopian State
Minister of Agriculture, noted that his country has been working
with its people and partners to achieve a middle-income economy
status by 2025.