Eritrea is located in one of the driest parts of the African continent. Like its neighboring countries, the country suffers from repeated shortfall of rains which affects agricultural production and availability of drinking water. However, the country has long graduated from dependency on food aid.
Eritrea has taken ensuring food security as one of the top national priorities and the cornerstone for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. The food security strategy, adopted more than a decade ago, aims at ensuring that all Eritreans have sufficient quantity of nutritious food, at an affordable price, at any given time and place within the country. This is to be achieved largely from a combination of increasing in domestic food production and importation from abroad. Continue reading Eritrea Conserving Every Drop of Water→
Every sector of a country’s economy is crucial for its national development, and, government owned and private organizations and institutions periodically assess their performance to evaluate their progress. That is what the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) did in the final days of last week.
According to the World Bank (WB), climate change, which will involve more droughts, floods, heatwaves, and other severe weather conditions, poses a great global threat, particularly to poor, vulnerable, marginalized populations, who are often hardest hit by its effects. Notably, multiple stressors, including the spread of HIV/AIDS, the implications of global economic integration, the privatization of resources, migration, and conflict are closely interrelated with climate change, while climate change has also negatively contributed to health problems such as malnutrition, malaria, meningitis, and dengue fever (Fields 2005; UNICEF 2015; World Bank n.d.). Continue reading Eritrea: Coping with Climate Change→
Abrehet Issac (59) is passionate about environment conservation. She led 5 groups of women who undertook a cumbersome task of digging, ferrying stones and planting trees at the Mai Nefhi catchment area. “The ground was very hard and our hands were bleeding, but we were committed to finishing the work that we had begun,” she said.
As the leader, Abrehet coordinated the activities undertaken by the groups and found solutions for those encountering problems. “Sometimes I just made jokes to cheer them up. They still want to come even though we don’t have any ongoing work at the moment,” She exclaimed. They call the place “Taba Hamadae”, loosely translated it means the hill where women meet. Continue reading Eritrean Women Take Lead in Conservation of Mai Nefhi Dam Catchment Area→