Italy Grants €1.5m to Back Ethiopia’s Food Safety Project

ADDIS ABABA – Italy and Ethiopia signed a grant agreement amounting 1.5 million Euro that will finance the implementation of a ‘Food Safety Project’ in the East African nation.

The project aims to provide technical support in managing the food safety risks, arising from adulteration and poor hygienic practices in major agro-food processors, marketers, and catering services, said the ministry of finance.

State Minister of Finance Semereta Sewasew, and Italy’s ambassador to Ethiopia Agostino Palese signed the grant agreement on Thursday.

The major activities planned to be performed by the project include establishing a national surveillance system.

The system would monitor food adulteration and food hygiene practices surveillance system in Ethiopia, strengthening human and laboratory capacity on food safety.

This project will be implemented in 25 major cities of the country, including Addis Ababa and regional capital cities, where many agro-food processing and catering services are located.