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Endeavours Toward Ensuring Food Security

food security in Eritrea
Eritrea ranked food security and rural development as top priorities in its national development strategy.

BY SEMHAR MEBRAHTU | SHABAIT

Ensuring food security is the ultimate goal of the Eritrean government besides other national developments. The government establishes good ties with organizations to its projects.

VITA, the Irish NGO, sent delegations to Eritrea to identify areas for intervention. The delegation came recently to Eritrea to evaluate the progress on the VITA dairy and potato projects under the Teagasc agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and explore new strands of collaboration. Continue reading Endeavours Toward Ensuring Food Security

The Potato Seed Store in Mendefera

The EU funded the construction through the ‘Support to the Agricultural Sector/Food Security in Eritrea’ project.

BY EU DELEGATION (ERITREA)

The climate in the area around Mendefera (Zoba Debub) is favourable for production of potato, one of the staple crops in Eritrea. Traditional farming results in a poor yield of about one tonne per hectare; with improved seeds, combined with appropriate farming techniques, yields can easily reach up to 4 tonnes per hectare. Continue reading The Potato Seed Store in Mendefera

MEP Hayes Concludes Visiting Cutting Edge Irish Partnerships Projects in Eritrea

Irish Member of Parliament Brian Hayes have concluded his 5-days Eritrea visits aimed at observing several cutting-edge Irish government sponsored agricultural programs.

By Teagasc,

Irish MEP Brian Hayes is visiting Eritrea this week, where Irish Aid, Teagasc and Irish development partner Vita have forged a partnership that delivers next generation, knowledge- led programmes.

“Over the past 5 years Ireland has committed over €500,000 to projects in Eritrea,” Mr Hayes notes. “It is great to get the opportunity to visit Eritrea and see first-hand these programmes in action. I believe that enabling sustainable livelihoods is a critical factor in determining Eritrea’s future.” Continue reading MEP Hayes Concludes Visiting Cutting Edge Irish Partnerships Projects in Eritrea

Vita Potato & Dairy Farm Pilot Project in Eritrea

A pilot potato and diary program in Eritrea with the collaboration of Irish NGOs Vita, Teagasc, Gorta and Séamus Crosse are part of the ambitious, large scale national potato and diary programme.

By Vita,

April is warm and very dry in Eritrea and the perfect time to visit dairy and potato farms as the crops start to emerge from the earth. Vita, the Irish NGO working to combat hunger and climate change in Eritrea and Ethiopia recently led a delegation from Teagasc and Gorta to Eritrea to see for themselves this extraordinary country.

The group included Dr. Seamus Crosse, Chairman of Vita, John Weakliam, CEO of Vita, Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle and Dr. Lance O’Brien, Chairman of the Teagasc International Food Security Committee, together with Ray Jordan, CEO of Gorta SHA. Continue reading Vita Potato & Dairy Farm Pilot Project in Eritrea

Irish Experts in Eritrea for Pioneering Dairy and Potato Programmes

A pilot diary and potato programme in Eritrea with the collaboration of Irish NGOs Vita, Teagasc, Gorta and Séamus Crosse are part of the ambitious, large scale national potato and diary programme.

By Teagasc,

A senior delegation led by Irish NGO Vita and including Teagasc and Gorta/SHA is travelling to Eritrea at the weekend to build on the partnership between these agencies and the Eritrean Government.

They will be evaluating the impact of a model dairy programme and a model potato programme set up last year.

The delegation includes the Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle, with Dr. Lance O’Brien, Teagasc’s Head of Foresight and Strategy, alongside Gorta/Self Help Africa CEO Ray Jordan, as well as Vita Chairman Séamus Crosse and CEO John Weakliam.  Continue reading Irish Experts in Eritrea for Pioneering Dairy and Potato Programmes