26 December 2012

Ethiopia: Japan Offers Grant for Food Security Programs

State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Ato Ahmed Shide and Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia Mr. Hiroyuki Kishino signed 105.35 million birr grant agreement on Tuesday ( Dec.25) at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

The assistance will be used for Ethiopia's food security program particularly for the supply of agricultural inputs. During the signing ceremony, Ambassador Kishino said Japan had extended the grant-in-aid as part of its support to the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), which has set a projected average annual growth rate of 8.6% for agriculture for five years from 2010/11. Ahmed Shide for his part said Japan's continued assistance shows its avowed determination to support Ethiopia's food security efforts.

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