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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.

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Vrooman gives a keynote address at the opening of the 3rd Annual Ethiopian Coffee Conference.
November 6, 2014

It is widely known that Ethiopia is the birthplace of Arabica coffee and exports some of the highest quality coffee in the world, including many specialty coffees such as Yirgacheffe, Harar and Sidama. Despite this long history and unique coffee culture, the Ethiopian coffee value chain has yet to realize its full potential for increased growth especially for the benefit of smallholder farmers.

November 1, 2014

The Oromia Insurance Company (OIC), in collaboration with USAID and the International Livestock Research Institute, held a ceremony today to mark the first payout of the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) to 510 policy bearers in Yabello, Borena. IBLI is an insurance product that is designed to protect pastoralists from livestock loss resulting from prolonged drought.

USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller (left) presents some of the new mother tongue reading materials to Minister of Edu
October 29, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education launched a national mother tongue reading curriculum to improve the reading skills of 15 million primary school students in Ethiopia. Minister of Education Shiferaw Shigute and USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller opened the event on the eve of the Ministry’s annual review meeting in Hawassa, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region.

USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller describes the target of improving the reading and writing skills of 15 million.
October 29, 2014

It is great source of pride for me to be here and mark two decades of close cooperation between the United States Government and the Government of Ethiopia through the Ministry of Education and my agency, USAID. This collaboration to improve education quality and equitable access to learning have resulted in many more children in school, far fewer dropping out, improved student learning, and, very importantly, more girls in primary schools. So let me begin with congratulations to all of you and your predecessors on this very measurable progress.

 

Ethiopia State Minister of Industry Dr. Mebratu Meles addresses the livestock forum in SNNP Region.
October 21, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development project (AGP-LMD), today held the fourth of four regional livestock investment forums in Mekelle. The forums connect foreign and local investors with 100 pre-selected local companies that have lucrative investment opportunities in dairy, meat and live animal business.

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