The World Food Programme provides relief food to Afar populations affected by the drought, as well as to chronically food insecure populations enrolled in the governmental Protective Safety Net Programme (PSNP). Here at a distribution site in Harsis kebele of Mille woredas. . 
Photo: RNE.The World Food Programme provides relief food to Afar populations affected by the drought, as well as to chronically food insecure populations enrolled in the governmental Protective Safety Net Programme (PSNP). Here at a distribution site in Harsis kebele of Mille woredas. . Photo: RNE

Nordic Delegation visits Afar

Last updated: 06.06.2016 // On May 31st – June 2nd, the Royal Norwegian Embassy participated in a Nordic Mission to the regional state of Afar, together with representatives from the Embassies of Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The purpose of the visit was to get a better understanding of this emerging region, with a particular focus on livelihood and resilience, the effects of the current drought, the situation for the Eritrean refugees located in the region, as well as migration and other development challenges and opportunities in the region.

 

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!

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: 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).

The World Food Programme provides relief food to Afar populations affected by the drought, as well as to chronically food insecure populations enrolled in the governmental Protective Safety Net Programme (PSNP). Here at a distribution site in Harsis kebele of Mille woredas

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


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