March 27, 2007

Oromo: Projects Target Food Production

Multiple projects, mandated by Oromo authorities’ agricultural and rural development policies and funded by the World Bank, aimed at ensuring food self sufficiency are showing signs of improving community food production.

Below is an article published by All Africa:

Various development projects aimed at ensuring food self sufficiency have been underway in 21 woredas of Oromia State at a cost of nearly 67 million birr [approximately 5.7 million Euro], the state's food security and disaster prevention and preparedness commission said.

Information, documentation and public relations service head with the commission, Shewangizaw Worku told ENA Friday that the projects have been in progress in 263 localities with the fund obtained from the World Bank.

 Shewangizaw said over 95,000 households, of whom about 43 per cent are women, have become beneficiaries from the projects.

The projects were launched in accordance with the government's agriculture and rural development policy in a bid to ensure food self sufficiency in the area.

He said the beneficiaries of the projects have been engaged in animal breeding, animal fattening as well as poultry development, among others, after receiving loans.

According to the head, the livelihood of the beneficiaries has been steadily improving owing to the launching of the projects.