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(left to right) U.S. Ambassador Patricia Haslach, Ethiopian First Lady Roman Tesfaye, and USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller a
January 21, 2015

 

Good morning and in-de-men a-de-ra-chu! It is truly a privilege for me to be here today at the first Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network Conference.

And we are especially honored to have Ethiopia’s First Lady join us this morning to officially open the conference. She has been a very important advocate for strengthening the role of women in the professional world, and her presence today also shows Ethiopia’s support for this important initiative that addresses the role of women in agribusiness.

Ethiopia is an important and valued partner for the United States Government. While Ethiopia ranks among the fastest growing economies in the world, a more empowered and engaged female workforce can only strengthen that performance. It is well known that involving women more substantially in the workforce brings tremendous development benefits to a nation.

This is just one of the reasons why the United States is proud to work closely with Ethiopia to empower women in the work force.

July 7, 2014

It gives me the greatest honor and pleasure to be here today to pledge the U.S. Government’s support for the Government of Ethiopia’s unprecedented commitment to End Fistula and Transform Lives by 2020. We applaud the Federal Ministry of Health for its renewed focus on obstetric fistula and for taking the bold step of developing a Plan of Action to eliminate fistula by the year 2020.

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach speaking at the opening ceremony of the national conference on fistula elimination.
July 7, 2014

Fistula is especially common in Ethiopia. In a recent USAID/AusAID-funded Fistula Situation Analysis in Ethiopia, it was estimated that approximately 3,500 women develop obstetric fistula annually, and as many as 37,500 women are living with untreated fistula cases. Building upon the findings of the situation analysis and in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and other key partners, the U.S. Government will support intensified identification and referral of women with obstetric fistula to specialist repair facilities.

Administrator Rajiv Shah at the Acting on the Call conference
June 25, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it is realigning $2.9 billion of the Agency’s resources to save up to half a million children from preventable deaths by the end of 2015—refocusing resources on high-impact programs with proven track records to save the most lives

(left to right) Abadir Abdu, the head of the West Arsi Zone Administration, USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller, and A
June 12, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the Shashemane Farm Service Center (FSC). It is the sixth such center to open in Oromia Region, joining FSCs in Ambo, Bishoftu, Dodola, Fiche and Nekemte. The FSCs provide a complete range of supplies such as quality seeds, fertilizers, plant protection products, and veterinary products; information; and marketing links for Ethiopian smallholders, allowing them to make the step from subsistence to commercial production.

June 1, 2014

The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), today inaugurated in Oromia the first ever fertilizer blending factory in Ethiopia. The MOA is working with other partners to open three more in SNNP, Amhara and Tigray. USAID supported the construction of the Oromia factory with a $1.2 million Feed the Future innovation grant and collaborated with the MOA, ATA, and Becho-Woliso Farmers’ Cooperative Union on its operational plan.

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Last updated: January 22, 2015

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