In a meeting held with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene today (February 15), Vice President and Director of programs for The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Mr Chris DeCardy, disclosed the foundation's latest plan to venture new projects. With more than 15 years of experience in Ethiopia working on improving quality of and access to voluntary family planning, comprehensive sexuality education, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services, Mr. Chris said, the new plan would take the cooperation to a higher level. Given Ethiopia's rich bio-diversity the new plan will largely focus on conservation of bio-diversity. The foundation has also plan to work extensively on smallholder agriculture.
Commending the foundation's role in improving the country's reproductive health track record by collaborating with the government's leadership in its effort to mobilize resources and ensure that they are used effectively, State Minister Hirut welcomed the foundation's new initiative to assist the government's unyielding effort in conserving the country's ecology and improving smallholder Agriculture. The State Minister added the initiative is in tune with Ethiopia's vision to be a middle income climate-resilient green economy by 2025 and its second Growth and Transformation Plan which aims at enhancing the commercializing of smallholder farms.