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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.

March 31, 2014

USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller announced that Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is joining the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program at an event in Addis Ababa where one of the first new volunteers was introduced. The F2F program connects farmers in the United States with their counterparts in East Africa for training and technical assistance. In addition to Ethiopia, the CRS program will include volunteer assignments in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

March 27, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), inaugurated a new sesame warehouse in Dansha today with the Ethiopian Federal Cooperative Agency. This is one of four new warehouses constructed over the last 18 months in Tigray and Amhara Regions. USAID cooperated on the construction of two warehouses in Tigray with the Setit Humera and Dansha Aurora FCUs and two more warehouses in Amhara with the Metema and Selam Farmers’ Cooperative Unions (FCUs). The 20,000 Metric Ton storage capacity in the four warehouses will allow the FCUs to purchase more sesame from their combined 41,713 member farmers. USAID’s investment of $1.4 million and assistance in facilitating $611,605 in loans from the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia—a financing first for the bank and FCUs—was instrumental in construction of the warehouses.

March 26, 2014

Over the last few years, Ethiopia has achieved considerable gains in the health sector. According to the latest health survey, infant mortality and under-five mortality, since 2008, have decreased by 39 and 47 percent respectively, propelling Ethiopia to achieve its Millennium Development Goal Four in 2013. This success is attributable to the determined leadership and commitment of the Ethiopian Government, and the partnership and support of all stakeholders.

Despite such gains, the health system still faces some serious challenges, including a shortage of qualified human resources and a lack of sustainable financing. These challenges are complex, and can only be solved through enhanced partnership between the public and private sectors.

March 25, 2014

Today, USAID’s Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) activity officially handed over 14 new water facilities to the residents and the administration of Hawassa, the capital city of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia. The new facilities, completed in February 2014, have already brought significant health benefits to 12,600 residents of three low-income settlements of Addis Katema, Tulu and Tabor.

March 21, 2014

It is my great pleasure to be here today on behalf of United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, to participate with you in the 9th National TB Research Annual Conference and commemorate World TB Day. I would like to thank the Federal Ministry of Health, the TB Research Advisory Committee, and this year’s conference hosts, the SNNP Regional Health Bureau and Hawassa University for inviting USAID to underline and reinforce our support for the strong partnership gathered here today to combat this deadly disease.

 

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