Ethiopia achieves food security at national level: PM

Ethiopian PM said that Ethiopia, which has long been plagued by drought and famine, had managed to achieve food security at a national level.

Ethiopia achieves food security at national level: PM

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Wednesday said that Ethiopia, which has long been plagued by drought and famine, had managed to achieve food security at a national level.

"At a household level, we will continue efforts to attain self-sufficiency," he told a rally in capital Addis Ababa marking the 23rd anniversary of the overthrow of the communist Dergue regime.

"We are proud to have erased the humiliating image which identified us with hunger and famine," the premier said.

Desalegn said that his government – led by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, which overthrew the regime of Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam 23 years ago – was leading the country towards "social justice, good governance and economic development."

He also hailed as a maturing democracy the country's multi-party system. However, he said, the country still had a long way to go.

"Ethiopia has more than 90 legally established political parties. Some parties have chosen a violent path and formed an alliance with the Eritrean government," he said.

"We will not allow them to destabilize our movement to prosperity and democracy," he added.

Tensions between Addis Ababa and Asmara have persisted since a bloody two-year border war – in which tens of thousands were killed – ended in 2000.

Desalegn also promised that his government would do its best to ensure that upcoming national elections were free and fair.

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Mikias
Mikias - 5 yıl Before

What the PM said was that the country has attained food self sufficiency on a national level not food security. Food security: the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.In contrast, food self-sufficiency is defined as being able to meet consumption needs from own production. Hailemariam: “We have attained food self sufficiency on a national level. At a household level, we will continue efforts to attain food secuirty.

YouFeel
YouFeel - 5 yıl Before

If this person spoke true, there would not be food aids, outmigration including to Arabs, and so on. Everyone knows the TPLF Genocide behaviour. I see he and his family are eating enough and his daughter is Medical Doctoral student while Journalists, Politicians and Innocent people are in jail and getting tortures, people are killed, other students are killed, fired and tortured.

Aba Tirreg
Aba Tirreg - 5 yıl Before

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&sqi=2&ved=0CCkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reuters.com%2Farticle%2F2014%2F05%2F13%2Fus-ethiopia-food-idUSBREA4C0E320140513&ei=o1CHU4_QD8vesAS544KwAQ&usg=AFQjCNHMgVK-DCNN_Y6Cp0-gq8kku2OwrA&sig2=twmQNcg3kYkl-JxEuUAQ2w

Kasim
Kasim - 5 yıl Before

PM Hailemariam is lying as usual. The reporter should have asked Hailemariam to name the 90 "legal" parties. There are 90 ethnic groups and ethnic parties are established by the government to deceive the outside world. Why are Zone 9 Bloggers jailed why 5 weeks later no evidence was provided? And are they tortured? Food security he is talking about came after the UN Relief announced 6.5 Ethiopians need food aid. Interestingly, the same gov was begging donors for food aid only 6 months ago.