During the trip the IFA President also met his counterparts at the Kenya Farmers Association (KFA), and attended meetings with representatives of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and of the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI).

The IFA chief saw the origins of the strong links that Irish farmers have with Self Help Africa, when he visits communities in Ethiopia that benefitted from some of the first activities that were undertaken in Africa with support from the Irish farming community.

Established in the immediate aftermath of the Ethiopian Famine of 1984/5 to deliver long-term solutions to the problem of hunger and extreme poverty in the region, the IFA was involved in some of the first programmes carried out by Self Help, including the shipment and distribution of 2,000 tonnes of Cara Donegal seed potatoes to famine affected communities in Ethiopia.