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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.

While noting existing research gaps, the conference stressed the importance and potential applications of biotechnology in Ethiopian agriculture, realizing it as an important step toward agricultural transformation, and one that should be approached in a deliberate manner with due diligence.

In his keynote speech, Professor Diran Makinde, director of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, stressed the importance of effective, appropriate regulation. Too little can lead to unsafe, illegal practices, while too many can prohibit farmers from access to science and technology that can improve their yields and increase their incomes.

February 4, 2013

USAID is proud to be part of this new Commercial Farm Services Program, one of many projects we have here in Ethiopia that form part of the U.S. President’s Feed the Future Initiative. I am very pleased to see this group here today working together to achieve our common goals: to provide smallholder farmers with the tools that enable them to earn a decent livelihood and contribute to the development of their country.

An expert panel discusses challenges and opportunities in farm input distribution.
February 4, 2013

USAID, under the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative, launched the Commercial Farm Service Program today in support of the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Plan (AGP). The new two year pilot project, implemented by CNFA, will provide grants and training to rural entrepreneurs, both men and women, to help create one wholesale and six retail farm service centers (FSCs) designed to meet the operational needs of farmers.

Assistant Administrator Earl Gast and Africa Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Mwencha sign implementation letter
February 1, 2013

On January 29, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast and African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha signed a letter clarifying joint implementation and future collaboration on the development of geothermal energy in East Africa. The letter details the plan for geothermal development, capitalizing on opportunities offered by the AUC’s exploration program in East Africa’s geothermal potential.

Farmers’ cooperative unions’ members from around the country gather in Addis Ababa.
January 31, 2013

I am pleased to represent the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American people today at the 2nd Annual Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) - Cooperatives Forum, supported by USAID’s Agribusiness Market Development (AMDe) activity.

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller and Ethiopia Commodity Exchange CEO Ateneh Assefa at the signing of a memorandum of underst
January 31, 2013

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange (ECX) to collaborate on increasing the quality, traceability and marketing of coffee.

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