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).
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."
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: December 10, 2014