Fr.-It. coop. to provide support to populations in Afar
ADDIS ABABA, April 20th, 2017.
The Embassy of France in Addis Ababa today confirmed about € 500,000 of support for humanitarian activities in Afar. This support will be devoted to the project “Saving Lives in Afar Regional State through Food Security and Livelihood interventions”, implemented by the Italian NGO COOPI, in coordination with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.
The new program aims at improving food consumption, dietary intake and livelihood and at reducing the risk of acute malnutrition. More than 30,000 beneficiaries of severely drought-affected areas in Afar Regional State are expected to receive a significant immediate support in order to secure livelihood assets and reduce morbidity due to acute food insecurity. This initiative will be directly implemented by COOPI NGO for 12 months, with technical assistance provided by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. It is expected to directly benefit more than 5,000 households in the Woredas of Afdera, Berhale and Megale.
The cooperation agreement, signed today at the presence of H. Exc. Frédéric Bontems, Ambassador of France in Ethiopia, H. Exc. Giuseppe Mistretta, Ambassador of Italy in Ethiopia, marks a relevant evidence of the mutual Italian-French efforts towards joint programming for development and aid effectiveness in Ethiopia.
The French funding integrates the ongoing programmes implemented in the same sectors in the Afar Region by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (i.e. the 12 MEUR “Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DRSLP)” and the 2 MEUR “Emergency initiative for the mitigation of drought effects in Ethiopia”).
COOPI is an Italian non-governmental organization founded in Milan on April 15, 1965 by Father Vincenzo Barbieri. Today, it is present in 24 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, with 150 humanitarian projects reaching nearly 2,4 million people.
COOPI has been working in Ethiopia since 1995. It aims to reduce the levels of malnutrition of mothers and children; to improve the nutrition and income of small farmers by integrating and diversifying livelihoods and increasing productivity. COOPI works to improve access to drinking water and efficient irrigation systems, to sanitation facilities in homes, schools and health care facilities and supports the spread of good hygiene practices.
For further information, please contact:
Elisa Rossetto, Communications and Public Relations Officer, Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia and Italian Agency for Development Cooperation Addis Ababa Office. Tel: 0111235684/5/6; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rémy Queney, Press counsellor, and Messaye Fetene, Press Attaché, or the Cooperation Department, Embassy of France. Tel: 011 140 00 14/25/00; email@example.com