The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is the Ethiopian government ministry which oversees the agricultural and rural development policies of Ethiopia on a Federal level. The powers and duties of the MARD include: conservation and use of forest and wildlife resources, food security, water use and small-scale irrigation, monitoring events affecting agricultural development and early warning system, promoting agricultural development, and establishing and providing agriculture and rural technology training.
Originally the Ministry of Agriculture, which was established 23 August 1995 with the passing of Proclamation 4-1995 which also established the other 14 original Ministries of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on 13 January 2004 Proclamation No. 300/2004, merged this Ministry with the Ministry of Rural Development. The current Minister is Tefera Deribew, who was appointed 30 October 2008 to succeed Addisu Legesse. Following the 2010 general election, Tefera was reappointed to this position.
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- Text of the proclamation (accessed 13 July 2010)
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