The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an emergency programme to safeguard the agricultural livelihoods of communities affected by conflict in the Tigray region, Ethiopia.
The FAO Representative in Ethiopia, Fatouma Seid, noted that “FAO’s priority is ensuring that the farmers and pastoralists resume agricultural production and build their resilience against future shocks.”
The ongoing interventions include distributing crop and vegetable seeds (wheat or teff, plus onion and tomato) and training and extension support to targeted households. In addition, FAO is undertaking treatment and vaccination of livestock, including goats, sheep, and cattle against endemic transboundary animal diseases.
The interventions target 50 000 households with seed packages while livestock belonging to an additional 100 000 livestock households will be vaccinated and treated.
FAO is currently developing a response plan and funding appeal that will further define the Organization’s medium to long-term interventions in Tigray.
Source : Fao