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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.

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.

Roman Tesfaye, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke and Minister of Health Kesetebirhan
June 24, 2013

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth represented the U.S. Government at the launch of Ethiopia's new National Nutrition Program (NNP) at the United Nations Conference Center, Economic Commission for Africa. This launch coincides the Ethiopia launch of the Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition series.

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Last updated: September 30, 2014

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