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November 25, 2014

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, November 25, 2014 -- USAID Acting Mission Director, Gary Linden joined President of Bahir Dar University, Dr. Bayile Damte, researchers of the Institute for Land Administration, and academics from around Ethiopia to launch the Ethiopian Land Research and Development Network (ETHIOLANDNET) to close gaps in policy research on land.

Despite the strategic importance of land for Ethiopia’s socio-economic progress, the country does not have sufficient field-based evidence informing formulation of policy and development in the land sector. The new network will provide a forum where findings of research and development efforts on land are discussed, debated and published. Ethiopian universities, research institutes, government and non-governmental organizations will participate in ETHIOLANDNET whose establishment is supported by USAID’s LAND program, part of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative.

March 26, 2014

Over the last few years, Ethiopia has achieved considerable gains in the health sector. According to the latest health survey, infant mortality and under-five mortality, since 2008, have decreased by 39 and 47 percent respectively, propelling Ethiopia to achieve its Millennium Development Goal Four in 2013. This success is attributable to the determined leadership and commitment of the Ethiopian Government, and the partnership and support of all stakeholders.

Despite such gains, the health system still faces some serious challenges, including a shortage of qualified human resources and a lack of sustainable financing. These challenges are complex, and can only be solved through enhanced partnership between the public and private sectors.

March 25, 2014

Today, USAID’s Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) activity officially handed over 14 new water facilities to the residents and the administration of Hawassa, the capital city of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia. The new facilities, completed in February 2014, have already brought significant health benefits to 12,600 residents of three low-income settlements of Addis Katema, Tulu and Tabor.

March 21, 2014

It is my great pleasure to be here today on behalf of United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, to participate with you in the 9th National TB Research Annual Conference and commemorate World TB Day. I would like to thank the Federal Ministry of Health, the TB Research Advisory Committee, and this year’s conference hosts, the SNNP Regional Health Bureau and Hawassa University for inviting USAID to underline and reinforce our support for the strong partnership gathered here today to combat this deadly disease.

 

UC Davis Professor Doug Cook, USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller, and EIAR Crop Research Director Dr. Asnake Fikre
February 24, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the University of California Davis (UC Davis) launched the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpeas housed at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). The 5-year, $4 million genetic research program will create more and stronger varieties of chickpea  to increase smallholder farmer productivity.

New grantees pose with USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller (center front) and CNFA Chief of Party Marc Steen.
February 19, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Agricultural Growth Program (AGP)-Livestock Market Development project hosted a grant signing ceremony between USAID and eight grantees today. The eight small grants valued at over $760,000 will encourage local Ethiopian investment and innovation in the livestock sector. The overall purpose is to improve productivity and competitiveness of selected livestock value chains including live animals, meat, and dairy.

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