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.
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.
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.
Thank you to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and to His Excellency Mahboub Maalim for hosting us today in Addis Ababa and to the IGAD team for organizing this today. It is a sincere pleasure to be back with you again this week under more hopeful circumstances to take stock of just how far we’ve come.
On February 7, 2013 the Center for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) celebrated the graduation of 100 traditional weavers now equipped with advanced skills in fabric design and production. All 50 of the first class of trainees found placement in export-focused companies, 90 percent of which are owned and managed by women. CAWEE expects similar placement for the next class of 50. By working for export companies, CAWEE estimates that traditional weavers can increase their income by as much as 75 percent.
Last updated: June 02, 2015