Addis Ababa - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein announced the award of two grants to a start-up Ethiopian enterprise, African Bamboo, after touring the company’s testing facility. Mr. Feierstein was in Ethiopia as part of the official U.S. Government delegation to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.
African Bamboo is one of the 12 organizations awarded a Powering Agriculture grant supported jointly by USAID, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Swedish and German governments, and Duke Energy. The awards support innovative projects aimed at integrating clean energy technology into the agriculture sectors of developing countries to increase production.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Kingdom, through the Department for International Development (DFID), joined together today to award seven grants to entrepreneurs in the health sector. The seven recipients, Innopia Electromechanical Solutions, Echelon, GE Ethiopia, Kadisco General Hospital, Medical Biotech Laboratories, Tebita Ambulance and Pre-Hospital Emergency Services, and Telemed Medical Services offer innovative private sector solutions that aim to increase the availability and use of health services among low-income populations in Ethiopia.
United States Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), while visiting the Project Mercy site today in the Chacha District of the Northern Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, delivered pregnant cross-bred dairy heifers to selected household dairy farmers in the district. The heifers were funded through a partnership between Project Mercy and the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
More than 200 business leaders, domestic and foreign investors, and government officials attended Ethiopia’s first Agribusiness Investment Forum today. Funded by USAID through its Ethiopia Sustainable Agribusiness Incubator activity, the Forum highlighted lucrative opportunities in the sesame, dairy and honey sectors and featured 18 existing and up-and-coming entrepreneurs who demonstrated their products and services.
At 110 meters below sea level in the Dallol depression, the Afdera Woreda (district) in the Afar Region is located in one of the deepest inhabited places on the planet. Afdera’s ground water is saline. Geo-physical and hydrological investigations show that there is virtually no chance of getting fresh water in the area. Water for local communities is trucked 220 kilometers from Logya with Afdera residents paying 20 birr (approximately $1.05) for a 20-liter jeri-can of water. Sometimes, it is impossible to get water at this price because the water supply and transportation is unreliable. Hence, local communities in the area are forced to use water from an open and salty source for domestic use.
Last updated: March 19, 2015