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August 22, 2014

From August 21 to 22, 2014, over 100 African leaders from the public and private sector gathered in Addis Ababa to shape the direction of biotechnology in Ethiopian agricultural development. Improving smallholder resilience and strengthening the enabling environment were prime areas of discussion, highlighting key Feed the Future strategies in the country.

While noting existing research gaps, the conference stressed the importance and potential applications of biotechnology in Ethiopian agriculture, realizing it as an important step toward agricultural transformation, and one that should be approached in a deliberate manner with due diligence.

In his keynote speech, Professor Diran Makinde, director of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, stressed the importance of effective, appropriate regulation. Too little can lead to unsafe, illegal practices, while too many can prohibit farmers from access to science and technology that can improve their yields and increase their incomes.

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.

State Minister of Agriculture for Natural Resources Sileshi Getahun, listens to opening remarks by USAID Ethiopia Mission Direct
June 27, 2013

USAID under the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative supports the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Program with the goals of raising agricultural productivity, improving income earning opportunities for women and the rural poor, and spurring growth in rural areas. The attainment of these goals is to a very large extent, dependent upon the development of policies and systems that encourage resiliency and adaptation to climate changes, private-sector participation and investment, good and transparent governance, and none of these can happen without secure land tenure and property rights.

USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller discusses USAID’s new Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) project.
June 27, 2013

Sileshi Getahun, state minister of agriculture, and Dennis Weller, mission director of USAID Ethiopia, officially launched the Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) program today at a national conference in Addis Ababa. The program builds on previous USAID land projects and will reach more regions than before.

U.S. Ambassador to the AU Michael Battle and African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha renew the agreement
June 26, 2013

On June 26, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union (USAU) Michael Battle and African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha signed an amendment to the already existing Assistance Agreement between the United States and the African Union (AU). The revised and expanded Assistance Agreement underscores the commitment of the United States to supporting the AU through specific U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs.

June 24, 2013

I am delighted to be here with you this morning to celebrate the launch of Ethiopia’s new National Nutrition Program. We are here today to mark a new phase in our common efforts to improve nutrition for all Ethiopians, particularly those most vulnerable - the young. I congratulate my Ethiopian colleagues for their hard work on developing the new National Nutrition Program and can assure you that the United States strongly supports the program and its objectives.

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Last updated: September 17, 2014

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