In Ethiopia, land tenure issues, infrastructure inadequacy, limited storage capacities, market access, especially for small scale farmers, seems to represent the main country constraints together with natural disasters such as droughts and floods. An important and recurrent concern is represented by the fragmentation of many initiatives and coordination mechanisms, policies and tools to manage risks, causing an incomplete analysis and response to a given risk or crisis.
PARM is finalizing the risk assessment study, and a capacity development seminar is planned in the coming months.
Parm Phases Status
Kick-off Workshop, November 2014
PARM activities kicked-off in Ethiopia in occasion of the “Policy Forum on Integrating agriculture and food risk management and innovative financial services”.
PARM jointly with AFRACA, NEPAD and FAO, co-organized a three day workshop on “Policy Forum on Integrating agriculture and food risk management and innovative financial services” that took place in Addis Ababa on 11-13 November 2014.
The three day workshop brought together national and international stakeholders directly involved on ARM such as the National Central Banks, MFIs, Insurance companies, NGOs, UN, Universities, research centres and other important national players linked to the Government of Ethiopia represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, ATA, DRMFSS and other stakeholders.
The workshop has represented the first and successful step to set-up PARM process in Ethiopia and its support to the ARM Agenda headed by the Government was positively recognized. The Forum’s objectives were well aligned with PARM’s goals:
- the establishment of the ARM National Steering Committee
- the identification of the main risk affecting the agriculture
thorough a holistic approach
- the development of the road map to ensure the integration of the new identified tools into the national policy and investment plans
The main expected outcomes from the Forum have been developed and discussed. A formal commitment to support the establishment of a National Steering Committee on ARM was obtained. The State MoA (Production/Extension) will ensure the leadership of the process, assisted by the ATA and a pool of facilitators as: AEMFI, IFAD, NEPAD, FAO and PARM Secretariat. Main objective of this pool of advisers is to set up the new National Steering Committee, collect the data available, support the identification of the gaps of the existing risk analysis and tools/policies and then fully transfer to the GoE the final policy and financial phases.
Setting-up Mission, February 2015
A setting-up mission was undertaken from 9-12 February. During the mission, a PARM Road Map and was developed and discussed with the temporary ad hoc National Steering Committee.
Potential synergies to support PARM studies and capacity development plan were also identified during the setting-up mission in February 2015.
Development of the Terms of Reference for the Risk Assessment Study, February 2015
The Terms or Reference (TORs) for the Risk Assessment were developed and discussed with temporary ad hoc National Agricultural Risk Management (ARM) Steering Committee (NSC). Identification of Experts and/or Service Providers to carry out the risk assessment gaps study was completed.
Risk Assessment Study Kick-off, May 2015
The Natural Resources Institue (NRI) from the University of Greenwich (member of Agrinatura network) has been identified and recruited to undertake the Risk Assessment study in Ethiopia in collaboration with local experts.
Risk Assessment Workshop, 16-17 December 2015
A National Stakeholder Workshop was held from 16-17 December 2015 in Addis. The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the Draft Risk Assessment Study and identify priorities on risks and tools.
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