Handing over vehicles and motorbikes to enable proper follow-up of activities and monitoring of the project “Inclusive and Sustainable Value Chain Development in Oromia and SNNP Regions” (ISVCD), funded by the Italian Cooperation.
The modest ceremony has seen the presence of the State Minister of Crop production, Meles Mekonnen, the Head of the Italian Cooperation Office in Addis Ababa, Isabella Lucaferri, the Bureaus of Agriculture representatives of the target regions (Oromia, SNNPR, and Sidama) and the project team.
The project is providing a 30 million Euros support in soft loan to government partners, research, and cooperatives, to structure inclusively and sustainably the value chains of Soft wheat, Durum wheat, and processing Tomato in the Oromia Region, and Avocado and Pineapple in Sidama and SNNP Regions.
In the same project framework, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Aics) also supports the UN Agency, FAO, for specialized technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia, with a grant of 4 million Euros.
This initiative sees solid local ownership and a multi-stakeholder approach to respond to key needs of Ethiopia, enhancing agricultural production and productivity in support of the growing agro-industry in the Country, which has been identified since 2009 as a driver for change and development of Ethiopia and its population.
For more than 10 years, the Italian Government and AICs have supported the Federal and Regional Government partners, unions of cooperatives, and International Organisations, to create better opportunities for farmers and structure more efficient agricultural value chains based on quality, standards, and sustainability objectives.
The support of the Government of Italy is well aligned with the plans of the Government of Ethiopia, including the Home Grown Economic Reform and the 10-Year Development Plan.