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Ethiopian PM gets FAO award as Millions face famine in Ethiopia 

Abiy Ahmed FAO Award
Abiy Ahmed receiving his award (Photo : PD)

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The tarnished image of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister seems to be getting a bit of a facelift as he has recently been awarded the ‘prestigious’ FAO Agricola Medal.

The FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, explained why Abiy Ahmed was awarded, stating, “…The Agricola Medal was conferred to His Excellency the Prime Minister for his significant contribution to rural and economic development in Ethiopia. This recognition is particularly for his personal support to the Wheat for Food Self-Sufficiency program and Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative, aligning with FAO’s Green Cities Initiative,” he said.

The award ceremony took place in Rome at an event hosted by UNFAO. Strangely, the award coincided with a prolonged famine situation that has been consistently making headlines in Ethiopian media for several months. Millions of Ethiopians are reported to be facing famine in the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions – among other areas. These areas, in addition to experiencing drought, have been ravaged by wars the government of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed has been waging.

It appears that the FAO Director-General does not acknowledge the current challenges. Instead, he portrays an image of “impressive” development in Ethiopia over the past five years. In a news update published on its website last Sunday, FAO stated,  “The Director-General further stated that he had witnessed the impressive development of Ethiopia over the past five years, which reflected the effective, accountable, and stable leadership provided by the Prime Minister, notwithstanding the difficult national, regional, and global challenges over the past years.”  

For the Ethiopian Prime Minister, whose legitimacy at home has hit rock bottom due to worsening human rights violations, a security crisis, unprecedented economic hardship, and the looming threat of famine—despite his party’s claim of over 14 million members—the award may serve as a means to satisfy, as many of his critics would argue, his “narcissistic instincts.”

“I express my gratitude to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for bestowing the prestigious Agricola Medal for our efforts towards the attainment of food security. Our focus on high value and industrial crops is yielding promising results and we are committed to our food sovereignty path,” Abiy Ahmed wrote on his social media in reaction to the award. 

Beyond the alarming famine crisis, the Amhara region of Ethiopia is now entrenched in a war that, initially projected to last only a few weeks, has stretched into its seventh month. Declared under a formal state of emergency since August, the full-fledged conflict is wreaking havoc on farming practices, intensifying concerns that the impending famine may be even more dire than initially perceived.

Beyond the alarming famine crisis, the Amhara region of Ethiopia is now entrenched in a war that, initially projected to last only a few weeks, has stretched into its seventh month. Declared under a formal state of emergency since August, the full-fledged conflict is wreaking havoc on farming practices, intensifying concerns that the impending famine may be even more dire than initially perceived. Ethiopia’s ruling party executive and central committee held its meetings this past week and discussed ways of tackling the crisis it has been facing. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. FAO believes PM Abiy meets its criteria to deserve the award and that’s all to it. This has nothing to do with politics. FAO is a well experienced organization teeming with an overflow of proven and qualified agricultural experts. They have seen it where fallow and denuded land started growing wheat in Amhara, Oromia and particularly in Somalia region. All this should not be muddied with already muddied politics. We should all grow up to it!!! Let’s move on!!!

    Dear Editors,

    Your headline tells us millions are facing famine? Where do these citizens live in that country? If it is in Western Wallagaa in Oromia, certain areas in Amhara and Tigray regions, yes that is probably so for the main reason being the lack of peace there has driven tens of thousands of farmers have been driven out of their homes making once blooming farms to go idle/fallow. All fighting sides should be held responsible for any loss of Allah blessed human lives to famine from lack of peace and stability. We hear stories UN and Red Cross personnel murdered in cold blood by the rebels in those regions and ambulances being carjacked. If that is not shocking then there is repugnant crime where those who were entrusted by relief international groups being caught stealing food destined to save the lives of the starving. They steal sacks of wheat from the food aid warehouses and sell them in the back alleys of the black market for chum change. Again, this is happening in Amhara, Tigray and Oromo regions. Those who committed such disgusting crimes against humanity in Amhara are not Oromos and Tigres but they are all Amharas. Those who do this in Oromia are not ‘Neftegna’ Amharas or ‘Woyane’ Tigres but Oromos through and through. Those who commit such repulsive crime in Tigray are ‘Woyane hating’ Amharas and Oromos but they are all Tigres who used to deafen us with that they are Wall Street certified ‘Gold Race’. This one touches my funny bones when I hear gold has lost all its luster and value that it has resorted to stealing for survival.

  2. Make that: Those who commit such repulsive crime in Tigray are Not ‘Woyane hating’ Amharas and Oromos but they are all Tigres who used to deafen us with that they are Wall Street certified ‘Gold Race’.

  3. I have a live one for you from the past winners. Your Holiness and benefactor Hosni Mubarak was one of the winners of the same prize. You remember him? He was the one who was sending sacks of rice and bread crumbs all the way to your base. Did you complain then? So stifle bigots!!!

  4. What a hateful title ” PM gets FAO award as Millions face famine in Ethiopia” First of all he didn’t starve all those people, they are always there, 7 or 14% of the population getting feed by USAID for very long time. He received this award for reducing the poverty in short period of time after he took over and for showing a good forecast that Ethiopia will be free of famine if all these obstacles stop fighting their own country and get back to work. I know some of these obstacles across the country are total Idiots and i only want them to stop being obstacle, i don’t expect them to do any tangible work for Ethiopia beside complaining for 35 years ? Hero Dr Abiy !!! keep surprising us Sir!

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