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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.

Jimmy Deenihan: From the Dáil to Eritrea

Now that he has retired from politics, Jimmy Deenihan is in Eritrea in his new role as an ambassador for the Irish charity Vita.

Jimmy Deenihan is now in Eritrea where he is playing a key role as a Vita project Ambassador, a charity helping to deliver clean water and vital farming solutions to communities struggling against the effects of desertification.


I have always had a fascination with Africa – the fact that my first cousins Fr. Brendan Deenihan and the late Fr. Tony Geoghegan served as missionaries in South Africa and Zambia gave me an ongoing interest into in this geographically, socially and economically diverse continent. Continue reading Jimmy Deenihan: From the Dáil to Eritrea