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November 25, 2014

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, November 25, 2014 -- USAID Acting Mission Director, Gary Linden joined President of Bahir Dar University, Dr. Bayile Damte, researchers of the Institute for Land Administration, and academics from around Ethiopia to launch the Ethiopian Land Research and Development Network (ETHIOLANDNET) to close gaps in policy research on land.

Despite the strategic importance of land for Ethiopia’s socio-economic progress, the country does not have sufficient field-based evidence informing formulation of policy and development in the land sector. The new network will provide a forum where findings of research and development efforts on land are discussed, debated and published. Ethiopian universities, research institutes, government and non-governmental organizations will participate in ETHIOLANDNET whose establishment is supported by USAID’s LAND program, part of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative.

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

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.

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.

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