International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2016 marked in EritreaOct 16, 2016
On Sunday 16th October, the Government of the State of Eritrea, UNDP, FAO, other UN agencies, development partners and other stakeholders jointly celebrated the 2016 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the World Food Day at Hamelmalo Agricultural College (HAC), Zoba Anseba. The celebration presented an opportunity for the stakeholders to join hands and demonstrate the strong bonds of solidarity between people living in poverty and people from all walks of life through individual and shared commitments and action.
Approximately 200 guests attended the celebration. The guests were drawn from Senior Government Officials (Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Land, Water and Environment), The Governor of Anseba Region, Dean of Hamelmalo Agricultural College, Other senior government dignitaries, PFDJ officials, Diplomatic community, Heads of UN Agencies, National NGOs, Regional Authorities, Office of the President, Defence and local farmers.
Guests and participants were welcomed to the celebration by Mr. Ammanuel Negasi, Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture. In his welcoming remarks he reminded participants on the importance of the day and also confirmed the agenda of the day. Dr. Semere, Dean HAC, then gave a key note address where he gave a brief history of HAC and its role in delivery of academic and research outputs in the agricultural sector and development of Eritrea.
WHO Representative Dr. Josephine Namboze, delivered the speech for the commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2016, on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Christine N. Umutoni. In line with the theme of 2016 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty “Ending poverty in all its forms” Dr Namboze reiterated on the need to promote dialogue and understanding between people living in poverty and their communities. This will enable us to better understand the drivers and root causes of poverty and therefore support measures aimed at building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future for all.
UNDP is supporting the efforts of the Government of the State of Eritrea in key sectors aimed towards poverty eradication and livelihood improvement of Eritrean people. For instance, UNDP is supporting the installation of equipment and furniture for 14 laboratory facilities of Hamelmalo Agricultural College in order to ensure that the institutions is well-equipped with the necessarily laboratory facilities needed for teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; enhance its capacity to carry out impact oriented research activities and hence improve the teaching and Learning Environment; enhance relevant extension based outreach services in order to respond to the farmers’ needs in the agricultural sector which supports the livelihoods of the majority of Eritreans.
Ms. Ann Bu Thi, FAO representative then delivered the message of the FAO Executive Director for the World Food Day 2016. The Minister of Agriculture, H.E Mr. Arefaine Berhe then delivered a speech outlining the achievements made in Eritrea with respect to ensuring that food production and productivity.
At the end of the event, guests had a chance to tour the Hamelmalo Agricultural College premises where they had a chance to see projects that the institution is undertaking. During the tour, guests were able to interact with the college staff who explained about some of the research outputs and agricultural products that the institution has been able to generate.