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New grading tools and instruments allow FCU members to test and rate the quality of various grains, notably maize and wheat.
September 30, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agribusiness Market Development (AGP-AMDe) program, a U.S. Feed the Future initiative, handed over to Becho Woliso, Ambo & Errer farmers’ cooperative unions (FCU) grain grading equipment to help smallholder member farmers, notably in wheat and maize, decrease post-harvest losses and increase the crop quality.

The handover represented the new post-harvest handling equipment that 39 FCUs in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR are receiving so more than 1.5 million member farmers will have access to it. The U.S. Government, through USAID, has invested overall $340,000 USD in new grain grading equipment and provides market linkages and technical support to maximize its impact. The new equipment includes hand held grain moisture meters, tools for sample testing, and compact scales.

Bishoftu Hospital Officials are joined by representatives of the Oromia Health Bureau, Bishoftu town, and USAID to cut the ribbo
September 28, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) TB CARE project, implemented by the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, handed over a newly renovated facility for treatment of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) to Oromia Regional Health Bureau, Bishoftu Hospital today. The new MDR-TB facility is to be one of the centers of excellence for the Oromia Region delivering referral services, consultation, mentorship and supervision to all healthcare providers in the region with MDR-TB patients. Additionally, the facility will deliver practical MDR-TB training for health professionals and facilitate research on MDR-TB in the region. Oromia Regional Health Bureau officials, the Bishoftu mayor, and hospital officials joined USAID representatives at the ribbon-cutting handover ceremony.

September 25, 2014

GE Africa (NYSE: GE) and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced 22 winners in the second round of their Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge. Selected from nearly 300 applicants, each winner will receive a grant of up to $100,000 to support the deployment of off-grid solutions that put renewable resources
to work to power increased economic activity.

September 17, 2014

 Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome all of our callers who have dialed in from across Africa. Today, we are joined by USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa, Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Florie Liser. They are speaking to us from Washington D.C. We will begin with remarks from Assistant Administrator Gast, followed by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Liser, and then we will open it up to your questions

August 22, 2014

From August 21 to 22, 2014, over 100 African leaders from the public and private sector gathered in Addis Ababa to shape the direction of biotechnology in Ethiopian agricultural development. Improving smallholder resilience and strengthening the enabling environment were prime areas of discussion, highlighting key Feed the Future strategies in the country.

August 20, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute today announced 46 new research projects to advance the scientific and technical capacity of both the United States and partner countries in critical areas of development. The projects are funded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, a joint initiative designed to foster collaborative global research.

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