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A Somali woman prepares to take her milk to market by camel.
November 18, 2014

Jigjiga, Somali Region -- USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller announced a $350,000 grant to a milk processing plant, Berwako Milk Processing PLC, in Jijiga Town to improve the milk market for pastoralist communities and enhance the competitiveness of the livestock industry in Ethiopia’s pastoralist areas.

Berwako Milk Processing PLC was recently built to process cow and camel milk into different dairy products. USAID’s support to Berwako will enable more than 3,000 pastoral and agro pastoral households in Duhusha, Fafan, Bombas, Babile, Awbare and Kebribayah to have access to a more reliable and regular market for their milk. Better access to markets will in turn stimulate more production of milk, improving livestock productivity in the area. The company is planning to export products to Djibouti and Somaliland.

Women fill jerrycans at a water point in the Somali Region.
November 18, 2014

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dennis Weller officiated the launch of a new water site in the Gubadley kebele (district), Somali Region, as part of the USAID WATER project implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller joins Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome and Ethiopian policymakers and producers.
November 12, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), joined with the Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds and Spices Processors-Exporters Association (EPOSPEA) and other industry leaders and stakeholders is a major sponsor for the Fourth International Pulses, Oilseeds, and Spices conference under the theme, “Global Partnership for Sustainable Market Growth."

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Vrooman appreciates a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
November 6, 2014

The U.S. Government joined with coffee industry stakeholders to sponsor the Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association in hosting the 3rd annual International Coffee conference. Developing the coffee value chain is an important part of USAID’s Agricultural Growth Program - Agribusiness Market Development project which supports the organization and promotion of the trade conference.

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Vrooman gives a keynote address at the opening of the 3rd Annual Ethiopian Coffee Conference.
November 6, 2014

It is widely known that Ethiopia is the birthplace of Arabica coffee and exports some of the highest quality coffee in the world, including many specialty coffees such as Yirgacheffe, Harar and Sidama. Despite this long history and unique coffee culture, the Ethiopian coffee value chain has yet to realize its full potential for increased growth especially for the benefit of smallholder farmers.

USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller describes the target of improving the reading and writing skills of 15 million.
October 29, 2014

It is great source of pride for me to be here and mark two decades of close cooperation between the United States Government and the Government of Ethiopia through the Ministry of Education and my agency, USAID. This collaboration to improve education quality and equitable access to learning have resulted in many more children in school, far fewer dropping out, improved student learning, and, very importantly, more girls in primary schools. So let me begin with congratulations to all of you and your predecessors on this very measurable progress.

 

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Last updated: November 20, 2014

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