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April 12, 2015

 

Under the Theme ‘Origin and Diversity’, SCAA Annual Conference Provided Ethiopian Co-ops a Chance to Court New Specialty Coffee Buyers

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Over 11,000 visitors to last week’s Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual event could barely sleep after all the Ethiopian coffee consumed. The Ethiopian delegation—ranging from public officials to coffee farmer cooperative union leaders—ran out of coffee samples before the four-day event ended. However, thanks to the country’s deep ties to Seattle’s specialty coffee scene, the Ethiopian coffee family kept the jebena (Ethiopian coffee pot) full and the coffee brewing.

Ethiopia took center stage as the Portrait Country at this year’s SCAA event under the theme Ethiopia: Origin and Diversity. There to promote the East African nation’s coffee and the latest progress made in the coffee sector, Ethiopian State Minister of Trade Yakob Yella addressed coffee traders and aficionados in the opening ceremonies and invited everybody to come to Addis Ababa in March 2016 for the World Coffee Conference.

Simret Lulekal, the owner of SYE Agroindustry, discusses her company’s products with U.S. Ambassador Haslach. SYE works with 600
March 16, 2015

Addis Ababa -- The Ethiopia Sustainable Agribusiness Incubator (ESAI), a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held a graduation ceremony today for 14 entrepreneurs who successfully introduced an innovative idea to the sesame, dairy and honey sectors, established a company and have started generating revenue.

Central Statistical Agency Director General Biratu Yigezu (left) and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller sign an agree
March 12, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ethiopia Central Statistical Agency (CSA) today signed an agreement to begin planning for the 2016 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey. The survey, partially funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, will provide current and reliable data on fertility and family planning behavior, child mortality, children’s nutritional status, use of maternal and child health services, family planning, knowledge and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller and Mena Mekuria, the deputy head of the SNNP Regional Health Bureau cut the ribbon to offi
March 9, 2015

In a ceremony today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially handed over the first of five new health centers to the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Regional Health Bureau. Located in the Sidama Zone (Jaradado), Gurage Zone (Wacho), Hadiya Zone (Mehal Jarso and Sidiya), and Silte Zone (Udasa), these facilities will serve more than 125,000 patients, including people at risk for, living with, or affected by HIV.

U.S. Ambassador Haslach delivers words of inspiration to female students and Addis Ababa University staff members.
March 5, 2015

In-de-men a-de-ra-chu and good morning! It is a real pleasure to join you all this morning at this event to commemorate International Women’s Day. Thank you to my colleagues from USAID and Addis Ababa University for inviting me to participate and to speak about the important issue of women in development.

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach (third form left) and five prominent Ethiopian women share their experiences
March 5, 2015

Today, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with Addis Ababa University (AAU), celebrated International Women’s Day (annually held on March 8) under this year’s theme “Make it Happen!” International Women’s Day was first celebrated more than 100 years ago and is a day to commemorate the achievements of women and girls throughout the world.

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