The Ethiopian Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development have agreed $85 million loan to finance part of the third phase of Ethiopia's Pastoral Community Development Project . The Project, with successful completion of its first and second phases, aims at reducing poverty among pastoralist households through improved access to community based basic services. Targeting around 4.7 million pastoralists and agro pastoralists, the project has the potential to considerably improve the quality of lives through increased and stabilized incomes, improved nutrition, better health and education service and wider involvement on local-development decision making. The Ethiopian Government has made agriculture and rural development its central policy objectives for close to two decades. And as part of this policy priority, pastoral development initiatives have been implemented extensively with the aim of securing better market access for livestock transaction, water and food security. With the implementation of the third phase of the Pastoral Community Development Project , Ethiopia's pastoral development policy is expected to move a step forward.
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