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11 Dec 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), has just completed a two-day trip to Ethiopia to support Ethiopia’s efforts to make financial services more accessible to the rural poor.

09 Dec 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor.

08 Nov 2013 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Harvesting of the main “meher” season crops is underway with favourable production prospects

  • Generally good pasture and water availability in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas

  • Prices of cereals are at record high levels in most markets, but are expected to decline as newly harvested crops become available

  • Food security conditions have started to improve in October with green harvest of “meher” crops

23 Sep 2013 description

New private sector partnership with Dutch bank will benefit farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania

20 September 2013, Rome - The Rabobank Foundation and FAO will share knowledge, innovation and financial resources in a broad strategy to make a difference in the lives of small-holder farmers and the rural poor in Africa.

27 May 2013 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Unfavourable prospects for secondary “belg” season crops

  • Prices of cereals increase in most markets following the seasonal trend

  • Food security declines in belg-dependant areas as the lean season reaches its peak

  • Number of hosted refugees, two thirds of them from Somalia, reaches record level of about 400 000 people

21 May 2013 description

SUMMARY

In most of the years analysed, farmers received prices that were lower than what they would have obtained with better market access or more favourable domestic policies (Figure 1).

However, farm gate prices started increasing in 2005 and price incentives (relative to international prices) improved following the global food price spikes of 2008. Farmers thus increased production based on their perception of improving prices.

11 Jan 2013 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable estimates for the overall production of the 2012 main “meher” season crops
  • Prices of cereals decline in most markets, but are generally still well above average
  • Estimated number of people in need of food assistance expected to decrease in the coming months
  • Number of refugees, mainly from Somalia, remains at record level of 370 000 people