Assistance for "Establishing a Zone Free of the Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Problem in the Southern Rift Valley, Ethiopia, and Assisting Rural Communities in Agricultural and Livestock Development" Project

February 24, 2006

  1. On the 24th of February (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 1,760,000.0 US dollars (approximately 195.36 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Establishing a zone Free of the Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Problem in the Southern Rift Valley, Ethiopia, and Assisting Rural Communities in Agricultural and Livestock Development" that will be implemented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
  2. This project aims at removing the tsetse fly and trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in the Southern Rift Valley, which pose large threats towards livestock and the agriculture in the region, by releasing sterilized tsetse flies as well as assisting the communities in planning of the use of newly cultivatable land and in multiplying stock raising and agriculture. The following activities will be implemented:
    • Basic data assessment;
    • Initiation of tsetse mass-rearing and tsetse male sterilization;
    • Tsetse intervention involving a community participatory control approach;
    • Introduction of profitable and sustainable practices for agriculture, livestock and rural development, based on a comprehensive development plan for appropriate utilization of available natural resources.
  3. This project is expected to remove a major constraint to agriculture in the region and will enable livestock, agriculture and overall development in the Southern Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 29 billion yen (US$ 256 million). The Trust Fund has supported projects from more than 140 UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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