Addis Ababa, February 9, 2012 (Addis Ababa) – Some ten national and international NGOs have formed a coalition aimed at supporting the government’s strategy to achieve food security and agricultural transformation.
Speaking at the launching of the Together for a Food Secure Ethiopia Coalition here on Thursday, Food Security Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Birhanu WoldeMichael said the Coalition is a land mark for development and enables to address food insecurity in Ethiopia.
He said the coalition helps to make significant changes through Food Security Program in the country.
The initiative would intensify the efforts of government, NGOs and development partners towards ensuring food security.
Oxfam America Deputy Regional Director, Dr. Mandefro Nigussie on his part said the Coalition could enhance collaboration among development actors to contribute to growth and development.
“We hope that this will be the beginning of an effective partnership between national and international NGOs, academic institutions and the government.” he said.
The Coalition strives to support humanitarian and long-term development efforts has joined hands to address the global challenges of food security, he said.
Agricultural production has been growing rapidly during the last eight year due to the strong commitment of the government to invest in agriculture and rural development, he said.
“Development actors in Ethiopia have also contributed a lot to the current achievement …. We appreciate the progressive development.” he said.
However, “we have along way to go” he said adding the Coalition could resist national and global challenges including rising food and fuel, population growth, depletion of natural resources and climate change.
The Coalition includes Oxfam, Poverty Action Network Ethiopia (PANE), Climate Change Forum Ethiopia, Network of Ethiopia Women’s Associations and Plan International.