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Strengthening fruit and cactus pear production in Ethiopia - GCP/ETH/073/ITA

Strengthening fruit and cactus pear production in Ethiopia - GCP/ETH/073/ITA









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    Improving Food Security and Increasing Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables among the Rural Population of Ethiopia - GCP/ETH/088/GER 2020
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    Post-harvest losses of fruit and vegetables represent one of the major challenges faced by Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. Among the main factors in these losses are poor handling practices and limited use of loss-reducing and value-adding technologies. The impact of post-harvest losses on the local and national economies is significant. High post-harvest losses mean that, every year, vast amounts of money invested in agricultural inputs, machinery and labour are wasted. Moreover, the competitiveness of Ethiopian fruit and vegetables on the international market is low due to the poor quality of products, which ultimately affects the country’s foreign exchange earnings. The household fruit and vegetable consumption baseline survey suggests that 40 percent of the population consume less than the minimum daily calorie requirement. In this context, the project aimed to reduce post-harvest losses of selected fruits and vegetables through improved post-harvest handling and processing technologies. It was implemented in six woredas across the regions of Amhara, Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and other stakeholders.
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    Enhancing the Development of the Agro-Industry Sector in Ethiopia - GCP/ETH/101/EC 2020
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    Despite the high rates of economic growth recorded over the past 15 years,the Ethiopian economy remains fundamentally agricultural. Structuraltransformation, understood as the transfer of financial and human resourcesfrom the agricultural sector to the industrial sector, modern services andagricultural modernization, is still incipient. To further stimulate thedevelopment of the agro-industry sector, in 2015, the Government of Ethiopiainitiated a policy on the establishment of integrated Agro-CommodityProcurement Zones (ACPZs) and Integrated Agro-Industrial Park (IAIP)Development. Seventeen ACPZs were identified across the country, based ontheir potential for agribusiness development, of which four were selected,located in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities andPeoples Region (SNNPR). These were related to the four pilot parks to bedeveloped in the first phase (2020-2025). Against this background, theGovernment of Ethiopia requested that FAO provide technical support toprepare Comprehensive Development Frameworks and Investment Plans forthe four pilot ACPZs.
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    GIEWS Update - The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
    Dire food insecurity situation in northern areas due to conflict
    2021
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    In northern Tigray Region and neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions, conflict has severely damaged rural livelihood systems and displaced about 3.2 million people. In Tigray Region, crop production of the main 2021 “Meher” harvest, currently underway, is estimated to be 58 percent below the already poor 2020 main harvest, resulting in the third consecutive season with reduced production since the start of hostilities in November 2020. About 15 percent of the heads of livestock in Tigray Region has been looted or slaughtered. In June 2021, about 4.4 million people in conflict-affected areas were projected to face severe food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 [Crisis] and above) between July and September, including 401 000 people in IPC Phase 5 (Catastrophe). The current prevalence and severity of food insecurity are likely to be higher as the projection could not be carried out for all areas affected by the conflict in June and due to the expansion of hostilities to most of Afar and Amhara regions since July. Unimpeded humanitarian access is urgently needed to support vulnerable households in conflict‑affected areas to avert the risk of famine.

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