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Shameful: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  awarded the prestigious Agricola Medal to Ethiopian Prime  Minister Abiy because he is creating famine and hunger  in Ethiopia

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Abiy Ahmed receiving the award (PD)

By Yimer Alye Ayalew 

It is known that The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a  noble mission: to achieve food security for all and ensure that people have regular access  to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives. 

However, in the case of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the FAO’s mission seems to  have been twisted into a tool for creating famine and hunger. 

Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, is currently facing a severe food  insecurity crisis. According to UNICEF, an estimated 29.7 million people in Ethiopia were in  need of humanitarian assistance by October 2022. This is a staggering increase from  previous years, and it is clear that the country is in the midst of a humanitarian  catastrophe. 

The causes of Ethiopia’s food insecurity crisis are complex and multi-faceted. Drought,  conflict, and population growth have all played a role in the worsening situation. However,  it is also clear that Abiy Ahmed’s policies have exacerbated the crisis.

Abiy Ahmed’s government has failed to deliver fertilizer in the Amhara region and has  neglected to invest in agriculture, which is the backbone of the Ethiopian economy. As a  result, crop yields have declined, and food production has fallen. 

Additionally, Abiy Ahmed’s government has been accused of using food as a weapon of  war, with reports of food aid being withheld from the Amhara region and other areas  affected by conflict. 

Abiy Ahmed’s policies have also led to a rise in corruption and mismanagement. This has  further hampered the government’s ability to respond to the food insecurity crisis. 

The United Nations has warned that Ethiopia is on the brink of famine. If nothing is done to  address the crisis, millions of people will die. 

Abiy Ahmed must leave power immediately to reverse the course of the food insecurity  crisis in Ethiopia. 

He is using food as a weapon of war and cracking down on corruption. The government has  failed to work with international organizations and provide humanitarian assistance to  those affected by the crisis, mainly in the Amhara, Afar, and Tigray regions. 

Conclusion 

The food insecurity crisis in Ethiopia is a humanitarian catastrophe. Abiy Ahmed’s policies  have played a major role in the worsening situation. The FAO must take a stronger stance  against Abiy Ahmed’s government and hold it accountable for its actions. The international  community must also step up and provide more support to Ethiopia. 

Sources and References

1. Food Security in Ethiopia. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12, 2022, from  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_security_in_Ethiopia 

2. Famine in Northern Ethiopia (2020–present). (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12,  2022, from  

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famine_in_northern_Ethiopia_(2020%E2%80%93present)

3. Famines in Ethiopia. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 12, 2022, from  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famines_in_Ethiopia

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1 COMMENT

  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!!!

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