ADDIS ABABA, 26 Apr 2002 (IRIN) - The European Union has pledged almost one million euros (about US $897,400) to fund an innovative organic
pest control-farming project in Ethiopia.
Millions of farmers in the north of the country are
expected to benefit from the scheme, which was
set up by Save the Children Fund UK (SCFUK). The
three-year project, which uses naturally-found,
environmentally friendly pesticides rather than
chemicals, has won plaudits worldwide.
The EU pledge comes just days after the Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned of a “toxic time bomb” facing Africa from highly
poisonous chemicals currently used by farmers.