AU, FAO sign MoU

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The African Union Commission and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation for the eradication of tsetse fly and trypnosomiasis from sub-Saharan Africa.
AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime and FAO representative to the AU, Dr. Castro Camarada signed the MoU.
The Commissioner on the occasion said that the signing of the MOU to enhance cooperation with FAO shows the organizations commitment to improve sub-Saharan countries’ national herd. She said about four and a half million dollars is spent annually on programmes aimed at controlling the outbreak of the disease.
Rural Economy and Agriculture Department of the AU has taken the initiative to eradicate trypanosomiasis, a disease that is caused b the tsetse fly and affects both humans and livestock.
The FAO representative on his part said the MoU is a step in the right direction in the implementation of the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC). The campaign seeks to suppress and mobilize resources for the eradication of the disease.
Countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali have received loans to implement the PATTEC initiative. However, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe have used their own resources to fight the disease.
(The Ethiopian Herald)