The visit was conducted with the kind assistance of international organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Further, the delegation had the pleasure of meeting with the Office of the Regional President, where issues such as agricultural development, pastoralism and private sector development were topics of discussion. As a contributor to FAO’s programme in Afar, Norway was particularly pleased to learn of the programme’s results in the region, both with regard to income generating activities and resilience building.
A big thanks to FAO, IOM, UNCHR and WFP, as well as to the office of the regional president, for making the visit a success!
Photo: A Nordic Delegation visited Afar last week. From the left: Mr. Jouni Hirvounen (Embassy of Finland), Mr. Herrie Hamedou (FAO), Mr. Christian Wohlert (Embassy of Sweden), Mr. Åge Sandal Møller (Embassy of Denmark) and Ms. Maja Hennig Kjennerud (Embassy of Norway).
Photo: In responding to the El Niño induced drought that has hit Afar hard, the regional government turned 750 hectares of sugar plantations into the region’s largest fodder production site. The production will, inter alia, secure fodder for restocking purposes, supporting the recovery of affected pastoralist populations