More than 300 Ethiopian and international participants including Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach, and Secretary General of the Inter-Africa Coffee Organization Fred Kawuma attended today’s opening of the second international coffee conference, “Building a Sustainable Coffee Future.”
-The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to share the announcement of a major transaction under President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. Gary Linden, USAID Ethiopia Acting Mission Director, noted the significance of the new project:
On September 20, 2013, USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller and Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Resident Representative to Ethiopia Byunghwa Lee signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on maternal, newborn and child health, an area of collaboration between the two aid agencies across sub-Saharan Africa.
USAID and eight other organizations, the Maize Alliance, signed an agreement today to provide an integrated bundle of services to smallholder maize farmers in Ethiopia. While substantial investments from the government and development partners are being made, an integrated approach is necessary to unlock the potential in the maize value chain. This new alliance will assist maize farmers with a secure commercial market, access to finance, post-harvest handling and storage services, and efficient aggregation and commercialization services through farmers’ cooperative unions.
The Origin Africa Designer Showcase is a fashion show to express the innovation, resourcefulness and creativity of African designers. It aims to raise awareness of Africa as a place to do business and as a sourcing destination for international buyers.
Last updated: September 17, 2014