NGO executing over 7mln birr capacity building, food security programs in woreda

Dessie, November 27, 2006 (WIC) – Agri-Service Ethiopia, a non-governmental organization, has reportedly launched food security and capacity building programs in Tehuledere Woreda of South Wollo Zone with over 7.1 million birr this fiscal year

Agri-Service Ethiopia Woreda Integrated Food Security Program Office Representative, Eshetu Ahmed, told WIC today that the programs are being executed in six selected rural kebeles of the woreda.

The program would back up efforts of the government to ensure food security as the woreda is drought-prone and mountainous, he said.

Accordingly, regular schools and basic alternative education centers, health posts, potable water facilities and dams would be built in the woreda.

Besides, activities are underway to engage farmers in animal rearing, fruit and vegetables as well as market-oriented crops production through additional income generating schemes, Eshetu pointed out.

Activities focusing on Various capacity building training on gender, agricultural development, research and health would also be undertaken under the food security program.

Some 44,803 inhabitants of the woreda would become beneficiaries of the programs, according to the representative.

Woreda Deputy Administrator, Endris Mohammed, on his part said the implementation of the programs in food insecure areas would have great contribution to enhance the development activities underway in the woreda and pledged that the administration would extend all the necessary support.