MoANR, FAO agree to enhance cooperation on rural dev’t

(EBC; October 12, 2017) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have vowed to foster partnerships for the success of Ethiopia's rural development programs.

The institutions briefed reporters on Thursday concerning the World Food Day due to be celebrated on October 17 in Addis Ababa.

The day will be observed under the theme, "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development".

On the press briefing, MoANR and FAO underscored the need to enhance cooperation for the success of Ethiopia's food security and rural development activities.

Assistant FAO Representative in Ethiopia, Hassan Ali, expressed his organization's commitment to continue backing food security and agricultural development activities across the country.

MoANR State Minister, Damene Darota, for his part noted that the event will be used to boost collaboration with partners as this contributes immensely to the development of Ethiopia's agro-industry sector.

"Wide-ranging preparations are underway to establish agro industrial parks for the rural youth," the State Minister said.

"The youth will also be organized in various cooperatives and engage in animal fattening, irrigation based farming, poultry production, and the like," he added.

As part of efforts to enhance rural development and halt illegal migration, the MoANR plans to create permanent and temporary jobs for about 1.8 million youths.