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Eritrea: World Food Day 2020

This year’s World Food Day theme is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.”
The Eritrean government’s strenuous efforts to rationally exploit the country’s agricultural potential to ensure food and nutrition security is paying off.


This year’s World Food Day theme is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.” All our past records indicate that every year has its own challenges and opportunities. We are amid of COVID-19 pandemic. However, we should not be victims of this situation. In fact, we should redouble our efforts to offset the gaps created by the existing situation. Continue reading Eritrea: World Food Day 2020

EU Supports Eritrea to Improve Food Security


At the beginning of 2019 the EU launched a four years’ project in Eritrea to help improve food security and offer better income to participating farmers.

The project, implemented through the Eritrean-Irish Development Partnership (Vita) with support from the Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), focuses on three major staple crops: wheat, sorghum, and potato.

A total of 400 cereals producers and 100 potato growers in the Maekel, Debub and Anseba regions are directly benefitting from the project.

As part of the project, farmers are provided with high-yielding and resilient potato seed (Electra and Burren) that enables them to multiply their production (25-30 tons per hectare) and thus, also their revenue.

This high-yield seed is being spread across the highlands to increase the number of communities and/or villages, which are using and benefitting from it.

>> ALSO READ : A Report on Potato Seed Production in Eritrea

Coupled with the use of ‘climate-smart’ agricultural practices, such as soil and water conservation, organic composting, and small-scale community-based irrigation the project’s output is higher, more efficient production, better use of the environment, and higher revenues.

>> ALSO READ : Irish Experts in Eritrea for Pioneering Dairy and Potato Programmes

On 17 September, the EU’s Ambassador accompanied by the Ministry of Agriculture and NARI officials as well as Vita and EU Delegation colleagues visited Tselot (ጸሎት) village, south-east of Asmara where farmers who have been using this high-yield potato seed gave a first-hand account of their experiences.

Government of Eritrea Reinforces Management of Desert Locust Control

“The unprecedented Desert Locust threat to food security and livelihoods continues in the Horn of Africa and is likely to spread to southwest Asia and perhaps West Africa.” – FAO


Eritrea has taken intensive surveillance and control measures to deal with the desert locust threat in winter breeding areas and invasion from neighboring countries. Commendable activities have so far been made to deter risks that could pose a threat to crop and grazing land and other vegetation across the country. Continue reading Government of Eritrea Reinforces Management of Desert Locust Control

World Risks ‘Biblical’ Famines Due to Pandemic

“Even before the pandemic hit, parts of East Africa was already facing severe food shortages caused by drought and the worst locust infestations for decades”

The UN warns widespread famines “of biblical proportions” to be caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


The world is at risk of widespread famines “of biblical proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the UN has warned. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), said urgent action was needed to avoid a catastrophe. Continue reading World Risks ‘Biblical’ Famines Due to Pandemic

Gahtelai Dam Project 95 percent Complete

Gahtelay Dam is the 3rd largest dam in the country and expected to hold 50 million meters cube of water. The dam is built on a foundation that goes down as deep as 25 meters, with 1.5 km in length and 42 meters in height.


According to Mr. Daniel Mebrahtu, coordinator of the project, the construction of Gahtelay Dam that began in 2016 by Gedem Construction Company has been 95 percent complete. Continue reading Gahtelai Dam Project 95 percent Complete

Eritrea: Desert Locusts Control Operations Still Underway

Growing Desert Locust swarms continue to spread in the Horn of Africa with no apparent end in sight.


Control operations against Desert Locusts in Eritrea exceeded 34,500 hectares until February 6, 2020. According to Mr. Tedros Sium, Head of the Migratory Pests Control Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, control operations are still underway in the Northern Red Sea Region of the country. Continue reading Eritrea: Desert Locusts Control Operations Still Underway

President Isaias Meets UN Deputy Chief

“There are countries that have done none with more opportunities. But Eritrea with its own resources is doing a lot on development. I am excited because I’m witnessing the real Eritrea, not the Eritrea on social media” – Amina J. Mohammed, DSG


President Isaias Afwerki met today, at Adi Halo, the joint UN-AU delegation led by Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Amina Mohammed. The delegation is on a two-day visit to Eritrea to highlight “the critical role of women’s meaningful participation in peace, security and development”. Continue reading President Isaias Meets UN Deputy Chief

Promoting Inland Fisheries and Fish Consumption in Rural Eritrea

As part of its food security program, the government of Eritrea have built hundreds of dams throughout the country. Besides being used for irrigation farming, 70 of these dams are now used to farm fish. Gov’t is now partnering to enhance awareness and development of inland fisheries in rural communities.


Since I started eating fish regularly, my health has improved, even my blood pressure has gone down!” says Ghenet, who lives in Kakebda village, Dubarwa sub-zone. Ghenet is one of the farmers’ communities that have been introduced to inland freshwater fisheries and fish consumption in June 2018. Continue reading Promoting Inland Fisheries and Fish Consumption in Rural Eritrea