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(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan) Exchange of letters on grant aid “food assistance” to Eritrea

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Monday, 08 April 2019

Press release

Exchange of letters on grant aid “food assistance” to Eritrea

April 8, 2019

  1. 1 8 (Same time as local time), in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, Mr. Kei Ishikawa, First Secretary of the Kenyan Embassy in Kenya, and the Minister of National Development for the Future, Giorgis Teklemikael, Minister of National With Development, there was an exchange of letters regarding grant aid “food assistance” with a grant amount of ¥ 300 million.

    2 Eritrea, located in the corner of the “African Horn” region, faces food shortages due to severe drought. For this reason, the Eritrea government is addressing food security as the most important and pressing issue, but agricultural productivity is low, and it has not secured sufficient quantity to meet domestic supply and demand.

    3 This cooperation is to provide food assistance to wheat (approximately 7,500 tons) for the purpose of improving food security, improving nutritional status, etc. for the country facing food shortages.

    4 Japan, the 6th International Conference on African Development, which was held in August 2016 (TICAD VI) in, expressed (PDF) the promotion of food security in AfricaOpen in another window have been, this cooperation is intended to embody the same assertion .

    [Reference] Basic data of
     Eritrea country Area of ​​Eritrea country is about 118,000 square kilometers (approximately the same size as Hokkaido and Kyushu combined), population is about 5.5 million (African Development Bank, 2017), per capita gross national income (per capita) GNI) $ 740 (African Development Bank, 2015).

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