Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin began a five-day visit to Uganda and Ethiopia today.
Both are priority countries for the Government's aid programme in the fight against poverty and hunger in Africa.
The main purpose of the visit is to assess the impact of the programme in the fight against poverty and hunger in Africa.
Minister Martin will meet with local communities, key government ministers, representatives of Irish non-governmental organisations and business contacts.
He will also visit schools, clinics and a hospice funded by Irish Aid.