During the opening remark, Ayele Gebreamlak, The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Ethiopia program officer said, AGRA in Ethiopia was on building key systems of service delivery to smallholder farmers, supporting the development of evidence-based policies to create an enabling environment, and enhancing the execution capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and affiliate intuitions. These interventions have contributed to catalyzing sustainable and inclusive agriculture transformation by increasing incomes and improving the food security of 1.8 million smallholder farmers.
The Ministry of agriculture requested AGRA to support the development of five flagship programs for Ethiopia. Based on this, AGRA responded to this request by developing the three Flagship programs. These are the National wheat flagship program, the National rice flagship program, and the oilseed and animal feed program.
Hailemariam Desalegn, the former prime minister and AGRA board chairman, said AGRA has played a great role in Africa as well as in Ethiopia to transform agriculture and food security. AGRA has facilitated and coordinated the technical committee and supported the resource mobilization to develop the flagship program in Ethiopia. The government of Ethiopia has implemented this program with a prospective ten years plan. The document is also comprehensive.
Minister of Agriculture, Oumer Hussein said I am grateful to all for being with us on these occasions to hand over event three agricultural commodities flagship program due to the financial and technical support of AGRA. AGRA has been our development partner working in the agriculture development sector to help our effort to transform the agriculture system and increase the productivity and income of smallholder farmers.
Lastly, the minister stated that we seek to enhance financial and technical support from our development partners and active participation of the private sectors and AGRA also helps the three agricultural commodities flagship program by materializing.