Addis Ababa — Development partners at a consultative workshop held today on Ethiopia's Zero Poverty and Hunger Strategic Review noted that concerted efforts are needed to extricate the country from poverty and hunger which remain persistent challenges.
Speaking at Ethiopia's Zero Poverty and Hunger Strategic Review (EZPHSR) workshop, UN Resident Coordinator Aeneas Chapinga Chuma said the workshop is an important exercise that will assess the root cause of challenges in eradicating poverty and hunger.
"The strategic review will guide the government of Ethiopia and partners towards development ambitions including the required policy reform, institutional innovation, human capacity and others," he added.
According to Chuma, millions of Ethiopians are still languishing in poverty despite the country's robust economic growth in the last two decades.
United Nations will work in partnership with the government to achieve collective results in short, medium and long term basis, the coordinator stated.
He stressed that Ethiopia should encourage smart investments in poverty reduction to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and AU's Agenda 2063 as well as other international agendas.
Representative of the African Development Bank, Abdual Kamara said on his part Ethiopia has to focus on inclusive income growth and hunger reduction in order to sustain its phenomenal growth performance.
He added that poverty and hunger are interlinked in Ethiopia and the African Development Bank will strengthen its assistance that would enable to eliminate poverty and hunger by enhancing agricultural productivity.
Special Advisor to the lead Convener of Ethiopia's Poverty and Zero Hunger Project, Ambassador Tefera Shawel-kidanequal said the Government of Ethiopia has treated poverty and hunger as national security threat.
"Our government has embarked on the transformation process to address the scourge of poverty and hunger in the last couple of decades," Tefera said, adding that he is sure "we all would agree that the effort was not enough and much could have been done."
Ethiopia's Poverty and Hunger Strategic Review was launched by the government of Ethiopia together with national and international partners. Financial assistance for the project was obtained from World Food Program and UNICEF.
Following today's discussion, a final report will be submitted to the Ethiopian government culminating at a later date in a high-level conference with the principal donors and development partners, parliamentarians, regional states, the private sector and political parties.