At a ceremony held at the Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia yesterday, April 28, 2022, H.E. Mrs. Semereta Sewasew, State Minister of the Ministry of Finance, and H.E. Mr. Agostino, Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia, signed an implementing agreement with a grant of 1.5 million euros (approximately 82.53 million ETB) on behalf of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Government of the Italian Republic for the implementation of the “The project’s ultimate goal is improving Ethiopia’s food safety situation by providing technical assistance in controlling food safety hazards such as food adulteration and inadequate food hygiene standards in key agro-food processors, food marketers, and catering services.

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance, the major activities planned to be performed by the project, include, but are not limited to,

  • establishing a national surveillance system on food adulteration and food hygiene practices surveillance system in Ethiopia.
  • strengthening human and laboratory capacity on food safety.
  • empowering agro-processors, food marketers, and catering service providers.

The project will be implemented in 25 major cities throughout Ethiopia, including Addis Ababa and regional capital cities, where many agro-food processing and catering services are located, where the majority of food products, raw or processed, are destined, and where people obtain their food solely through purchase.


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