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New grading tools and instruments allow FCU members to test and rate the quality of various grains, notably maize and wheat.
September 30, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agribusiness Market Development (AGP-AMDe) program, a U.S. Feed the Future initiative, handed over to Becho Woliso, Ambo & Errer farmers’ cooperative unions (FCU) grain grading equipment to help smallholder member farmers, notably in wheat and maize, decrease post-harvest losses and increase the crop quality.

The handover represented the new post-harvest handling equipment that 39 FCUs in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR are receiving so more than 1.5 million member farmers will have access to it. The U.S. Government, through USAID, has invested overall $340,000 USD in new grain grading equipment and provides market linkages and technical support to maximize its impact. The new equipment includes hand held grain moisture meters, tools for sample testing, and compact scales.

Announcing the Corbetti Geothermal Project.
October 3, 2013

-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:

September 20, 2013

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.

(l-r) Agricultural Transformation Agency CEO Khalid Bomba, and WFP Country Director Abdou Die
August 27, 2013

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.

A scene from the finale
August 12, 2013

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.

July 22, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) announced 54 new research projects in 32 countries. Through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science competitive grants program, USAID directly supports researchers in developing countries who are working with U.S. scientists funded by NSF.

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Last updated: September 30, 2014

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