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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.

Jhpiego, Ministry of Health, and USAID officials at the launch of the HRH program
October 13, 2012

On October 13, 2012, USAID launched its new five-year Strengthening Human Resources for Health (HRH) project in Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara Region. Minister of Health Tedros Adhanom, State MInister of Health Kebede Worku, USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller, and HRH Project Director Dr. Damtew Dagoye engaged the audience of health and education officials from around the country.

USAID Deputy Mission Director Jason D. Fraser (right) delivers a newly published textbook to a law school representative
September 14, 2012

At a ceremony at the Addis Ababa University on September 14, 2012, USAID Ethiopia and its partners in the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative celebrated the publishing of five law textbooks developed in cooperation with faculty of the law schools at Addis Ababa University (AAU) and Saint Mary's College. The five books, titled “Ethiopian Constitutional Law,” “Ethiopian Property Law,” “Principles of Ethiopian Criminal Law,” “Ethiopian Criminal Procedure,” and “The Ethiopian Law of Intellectual Property Rights,” will be distributed to 18 public university law schools around Ethiopia.

USAID, American Bar Association and AAU officials join the authors of the new law books.
September 14, 2012

USAID has been very happy to partner with the American Bar Association and the Addis Ababa University Law School in the development and publication of five legal textbooks authored by Ethiopian legal experts. I am especially proud of this collaboration since this is the first set of textbooks to be revised in 40 years. This is a remarkable and commendable achievement. I congratulate the authors who are faculty at Addis Ababa University and St. Mary's College--Ato Getachew Assefa, Ato Muradu Abdo, Ato Elias Stebek, Ato Wondwossen Demissie and Ato Fikremarian Merso.

USAID Mission Director Weller, State Minister of Agriculture Wondirad, US Chargee Molly Phee, and Deputy Mission Director Fraser
September 12, 2012

At the May 2012 G8 Summit chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama, industrialized countries, African leaders including Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and private sector enterprises and corporations announced the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (“New Alliance”) and endorsed Cooperation Frameworks in three initial countries, Ghana, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller (L) listens to Minister of Agriculture Tefera at the meeting on the G-8 New Alliance
September 12, 2012

Thank you to the Government of Ethiopia, particularly to the Ministry of Agriculture for hosting this workshop along with the Agricultural Transformation Agency and the Joint Sector Working Group for Rural Economic Development and Food Security which is co-chaired by the Ministry, the World Bank, and USAID. Welcome to all participants, particularly my fellow G-8 colleagues, private sector partners, and other new and potential partners in this grand New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Ethiopia.

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