EU, Germany Enables Ethiopia to Follow up Large-scale Agri Investments

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s development partners have enabled ministry of agriculture with information and knowledge management tools for the monitoring of large-scale agricultural investments.

Support for Responsible Agriculture Investments (S2RAI) project has strived to promote internationally recognized principles and guidelines on responsible agricultural investments since 2016.

The project, co-financed by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has also facilitated the process of tenure security for communities in the context of commercial land investments.

In close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional Bureau of Environment, Land Administration and Investment (BELAI), experts and employees of the respective bureaus were trained to use the newly developed Commercial Agricultural Management Information System (CAMIS) and remote sensing methods.

The developed software-CAMIS enables professionals to monitor the performance of agricultural investment efficiently and effectively, says Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

To ensure that CAMIS can be operated at the federal and regional level, S2RAI has provided the required IT equipment.

On Monday, 26 August, the material was handed over to the ministry’s representative Beza Dejene, Agricultural Investment Support Directorate (AISD) team leader.

The supplied IT equipment for geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing professionals of the Ministry include various servers, UPS, desktop computers and mobile workstations to better analyze satellite images.

Moreover, handheld GPS, professional and semi-professional cameras with telescopic zoom lenses and mobile devices for field monitoring of agricultural investments were distributed.

Apart from the IT-based solutions, a field vehicle and materials are among the equipment that was supplied to the ministry of agriculture.