ADDIS ABABA – With USD$ 2.5 million in funding from the Government of Japan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said it is contributing to safeguarding the livelihoods of internally displaced persons, refugees, and host communities in the Oromia and Somali regions of Ethiopia.
“The project interventions will enable the targeted households to cope with the impacts of the desert locust damage on crops and livestock, as well as the current economic hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fatouma Seid, the FAO Representative in Ethiopia.\
FAO said its one-year project which began in March this year is targeting 24 000 households in the two regions.
These beneficiaries will receive agricultural inputs, including seeds, fertilizers, hand tools, and irrigation equipment, the UN agriculture agency said in a statement. The project will also support the repair and maintenance of selected irrigation schemes in the targeted regions.
“To improve livestock production, the project will provide targeted households with supplementary feed and forage seed, and facilitate vaccination, monitoring, and surveillance of livestock diseases,” the statement says.
“It will also supply solar-powered vaccine fridges and freezers to the targeted regions and facilitate training of beneficiaries, extension staff, and Community Animal Health Workers in animal husbandry practices”.
Ethiopia is the third-largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering over 800 000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers, according to the UN human rights agency.
The country – which has been responding to the worst desert locust invasion in 25 years – has also witnessed many of its citizens being displaced due to conflict in recent years.
Featured Image: The project will safeguard the agricultural livelihoods of internally displaced persons, refugees, and host communities. [Photo File/FAO]