ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Agricola Medal, the highest award of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Director-General QU Dongyu on Sunday conferred the Medal on PM Abiy for his “leadership and commitment to food security and nutrition as well as the pursuit of innovative solutions in wheat self-sufficiency in the context of fast-changing and challenging circumstances.”
During the award ceremony FAO hosted in Rome, Qu congratulated this year’s recipient PM Abiy, stating that this was the first time he was conferring the Medal since taking office in 2019.
The FAO Agricola Medal has been conferred to eminent world figures in recognition of their extraordinary role in advancing the cause of global food security, poverty alleviation, and nutrition, since 1997.
Qu highlighted that the Medal was awarded to PM Abiy for his contribution to rural and economic development in Ethiopia, especially for his support of the Wheat for Food Self-Sufficiency program as well as the Green Legacy Initiative which is very much in line with FAO Green Cities initiative:
This was an important message not only for Ethiopia, but for the African continent as well, the FAO Director-General added.
PM Abiy, on his part, expressed his gratitude to the FAO for “bestowing the prestigious Agricola Medal for our efforts towards the attainment of food security.”
Over the past five years, according to the PM, agricultural land in Ethiopia has expanded by more than 50%, leading to an increase in production, especially for wheat and rice.
Abiy noted that Ethiopia was importing wheat to meet its internal demand when he assumed office in 2018. Now, it is not only self-sufficient in wheat but has become an exporting nation since 2023, he said.
“Our focus on high-value and industrial crops is yielding promising results and we are committed to our food sovereignty path,” he said in a message posted on X.