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(left to right) U.S. Ambassador Patricia Haslach, Ethiopian First Lady Roman Tesfaye, and USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller a
January 21, 2015

 

Good morning and in-de-men a-de-ra-chu! It is truly a privilege for me to be here today at the first Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network Conference.

And we are especially honored to have Ethiopia’s First Lady join us this morning to officially open the conference. She has been a very important advocate for strengthening the role of women in the professional world, and her presence today also shows Ethiopia’s support for this important initiative that addresses the role of women in agribusiness.

Ethiopia is an important and valued partner for the United States Government. While Ethiopia ranks among the fastest growing economies in the world, a more empowered and engaged female workforce can only strengthen that performance. It is well known that involving women more substantially in the workforce brings tremendous development benefits to a nation.

This is just one of the reasons why the United States is proud to work closely with Ethiopia to empower women in the work force.

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.

Urban health workers demonstrate a household visit
February 11, 2014

Today, the U.S. Government through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, launched the Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program, which will promote greater health access and improved health status for more than 1.6 million households in 49 cities through high-quality health services. The program will expand upon the existing partnership between USAID and the Government of Ethiopia (GOE), targeting key areas such as HIV, Tuberculosis and maternal and child health. USAID will provide technical assistance to the GOE to improve the quality of household-level health services, improve referral links across health facilities, and enhance urban sanitation and waste management.

January 31, 2014

Addis Ababa - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein announced the award of two grants to a start-up Ethiopian enterprise, African Bamboo, after touring the company’s testing facility. Mr. Feierstein was in Ethiopia as part of the official U.S. Government delegation to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

African Bamboo is one of the 12 organizations awarded a Powering Agriculture grant supported jointly by USAID, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Swedish and German governments, and Duke Energy. The awards support innovative projects aimed at integrating clean energy technology into the agriculture sectors of developing countries to increase production.

January 28, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Kingdom, through the Department for International Development (DFID), joined together today to award seven grants to entrepreneurs in the health sector. The seven recipients, Innopia Electromechanical Solutions, Echelon, GE Ethiopia, Kadisco General Hospital, Medical Biotech Laboratories, Tebita Ambulance and Pre-Hospital Emergency Services, and Telemed Medical Services offer innovative private sector solutions that aim to increase the availability and use of health services among low-income populations in Ethiopia.

January 22, 2014

United States Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), while visiting the Project Mercy site today in the Chacha District of the Northern Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, delivered pregnant cross-bred dairy heifers to selected household dairy farmers in the district. The heifers were funded through a partnership between Project Mercy and the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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