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Source: Federal Republic of Somalia - Office of the President |

Press Statement on the Drought Appeal

It is estimated that the drought is affecting close to 5 million people and they are in need of emergency food, water and medical supplies.

The President of Somali Federal Republic, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, hold a breakfast meeting for the Arab League Ambassadors and representatives in Mogadishu with the National Drought Response Committee, which consists of FGS FMS, Civil Societies. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the drought situation and its implications…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

New drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk

FAO targets pastoralists in southern regions facing failed rains on heels of a calamitous El Niño

New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardize the East African nation's restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas, FAO warned today. While an impressive government-led humanitarian effort has sharply reduced the…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Mauritania aims to boost food production through new UN agency agreement

The first phase will focus on horticulture, poultry farming, goat milk and non-timber forest products; the second phase could include fishing and new income generating crops or activities

A new partnership between the United Nations rural poverty agency and officials in Mauritania could boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country. “It will reduce the country's dependence on food imports, create jobs and increase the incomes of rural households, especially women…

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Liberia |

EU Gives EUR 35M for Agriculture and Accountability in Liberia

Ambassador Intelmann stated that the EU will assist cocoa, fisheries, food and nutrition security as well as capacity at the Ministry of Agriculture in ongoing efforts to implement the Country's own Agriculture Transformation Agenda

The European Union (EU) has announced that it will provide EUR 35 million in support of agricultural development and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) in Liberia. Speaking in Monrovia today, European Union Ambassador to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann said: "The European Union props both the private and the public sector in…

Source: European Parliament |

Foreign Affairs Committee: highlights of next meeting (9 January)

EU-Morocco relations, 15.00-16.00; Monday 9 January; Brussels - Room: József Antall (2Q2)

MEPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee will debate the latest developments in EU-Morocco relations with Nicholas Westcott, EEAS Managing Director Middle East and North Africa. The debate will focus on the latest decision by EU Court of Justice (case Council vs. Front Polisario) to set aside the judgment of the…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Experts discuss land governance to increase agricultural investment

Representatives of farmers and of civil society organisations, providers of small, low-interest loans and Rwanda government officials met this Tuesday in Kigali to discuss how to mainstream land governance in agricultural strategies and plans

Land in Africa has become the safest asset for those with spare funds to invest.  With its growing population, Rwanda, like many other countries on the continent, has also been attracting progressively more property developers to construct thousands of houses, and thus address its urban housing challenges. Under the land…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

USAID Expands Farm Service Center Network

20 entrepreneurs and farmers’ cooperative unions to open new farm service centers in Ethiopia’s four main regions with financial support from the Feed the Future Ethiopia Commercial Farm Services Project

The U.S. Agency for International Development joined the Ethiopia Agricultural Transformation Agency, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources today to award grants to 10 private entrepreneurs and 10 farmers’ cooperative unions that will help them to establish farm service centers. Each recipient will receive a grant worth $50,000…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Africa’s agricultural production systems need a radical change – ECA’s Karingi

Karingi indicated that the progress in the levels of agricultural productivity has been uneven across countries, ranging from an increase of 325% in Nigeria to a decrease of about 40% in Zimbabwe and proposed that rethinking agricultural transformation would involve the adoption of a three-pronged approach that should systematically and comprehensively consider three essential elements: farming systems, agribusiness and regional value chains

“Regardless of the approach or transformative pathway chosen to change food systems and trade regimes, African countries need to undertake radical change in agricultural production systems, adopt agribusiness and promote regional agricultural value chains as a vein for regional integration.” The statement was made by Stephen Karingi, Director of the…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

With continued drought, Horn of Africa braces for another hunger season

Agricultural support critical now to protect livestock, equip families to plant in rainy season

Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region this year, FAO warned today. Growing numbers of refugees in East…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

U.S. Provides Grants for 20 New Farm Service Centers to Help Ethiopian Farmers

Farm Service Centers are one-stop-shops where farmers can get advice, receive training and purchase quality, reasonably-priced, region-appropriate seeds, fertilizers and other supplies to increase production

Please join Feed the Future, the United States Government’s Global Hunger & Food Security Initiative, the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) for a grant award ceremony on December 21, 2016. Through grants totaling 22 million birr, the United States will support 10 private entrepreneurs…