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Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo
October 10, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, USAID's global Coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development, and world-renowned lawyer and advocate for rights of persons with disabilities and children, visited Ethiopia this week to advance support to people with disabilities and facilitate their inclusion in the country's development process.

Ms. McClain-Nhlapo participated in an Africa-wide round table on Disability Inclusive Development sponsored by the Embassy of Finland where she highlighted best practices from countries around the world to mainstream disability into development cooperation. She also met with officials from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Education, and with USAID implementing partners, Ethiopia Center for Disability and Development and Handicap International.

June 12, 2013

It is an honor for me to represent the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) commitment to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases at this important national symposium appropriately themed “End the neglect, Integrate, Scale-up, and Sustain.”  

Secretary of State John Kerry drinks a cup of coffee during a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
May 26, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) CEO Anteneh Assefa and Tadele Abraha, owner of Green Coffee, and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller in recognition of the ECX coffee laboratory becoming the first in Africa to meet the rigorous quality standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). With the certification, U.S. importers of Ethiopian coffee will be able to purchase Ethiopian coffee with confidence that the coffee they receive will be of a specific quality.

May 17, 2013

USAID, DuPont Pioneer, and the Government of Ethiopia, represented by the MInistry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Transformation Agency, launched the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP) today to help improve productivity of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. The collaboration will advance the agricultural development and food security goals set by the Government of Ethiopia by promoting the adoption of new improved seeds through demonstration plots and field training sessions aimed at smallholders, advancing the use and acceptance of high-quality inputs and production techniques by a network of farmer dealers and cooperatives, and facilitating credit and grants for the construction of seed and post-harvest storage facilities.

USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller (left), Somali Regional State government representatives, and village elders
April 25, 2013

As part of the U.S. President’s Feed the Future Initiative in Ethiopia, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Camel Milk Value Chain Development project at a festive ceremony in Fafan Village, Somali Region today. The project will improve the production and market competitiveness of camel milk products in the Somali Region to improve incomes and nutrition for up to 50,000 targeted households in the Siti (Shinile) and Fafan (Jijiga) zones.

USAID Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Jason Fraser addresses approximately 60 guests at the AAIFP project launch in Addis Ababa
April 18, 2013

The U.S. Government launched the African Alliance for Improved Food Processing in Ethiopia today, a new project that is designed to increase the quality and competitiveness of the Ethiopian food processing sector and to expand the availability of affordable and nutritious foods. This project will offer customized technical assistance to 20 medium and large Ethiopian millers and wheat processors to implement quality management systems, meet national standards and certification requirements, develop processes and products tailored to market demand, strengthen financial systems, and improve business efficiencies.

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