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April 12, 2015

 

Under the Theme ‘Origin and Diversity’, SCAA Annual Conference Provided Ethiopian Co-ops a Chance to Court New Specialty Coffee Buyers

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Over 11,000 visitors to last week’s Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual event could barely sleep after all the Ethiopian coffee consumed. The Ethiopian delegation—ranging from public officials to coffee farmer cooperative union leaders—ran out of coffee samples before the four-day event ended. However, thanks to the country’s deep ties to Seattle’s specialty coffee scene, the Ethiopian coffee family kept the jebena (Ethiopian coffee pot) full and the coffee brewing.

Ethiopia took center stage as the Portrait Country at this year’s SCAA event under the theme Ethiopia: Origin and Diversity. There to promote the East African nation’s coffee and the latest progress made in the coffee sector, Ethiopian State Minister of Trade Yakob Yella addressed coffee traders and aficionados in the opening ceremonies and invited everybody to come to Addis Ababa in March 2016 for the World Coffee Conference.

July 9, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Irish Aid announced today a collaboration to provide funding to assist the development and adaption of technologies and business models required to transform the dairy sector in Ethiopia. The Dairy Innovation Fund will be used for the design, demonstration and field-testing of technologies and business models that can demonstrate high potential for increased commercialization of milk products.

July 7, 2014

It gives me the greatest honor and pleasure to be here today to pledge the U.S. Government’s support for the Government of Ethiopia’s unprecedented commitment to End Fistula and Transform Lives by 2020. We applaud the Federal Ministry of Health for its renewed focus on obstetric fistula and for taking the bold step of developing a Plan of Action to eliminate fistula by the year 2020.

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach speaking at the opening ceremony of the national conference on fistula elimination.
July 7, 2014

Fistula is especially common in Ethiopia. In a recent USAID/AusAID-funded Fistula Situation Analysis in Ethiopia, it was estimated that approximately 3,500 women develop obstetric fistula annually, and as many as 37,500 women are living with untreated fistula cases. Building upon the findings of the situation analysis and in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and other key partners, the U.S. Government will support intensified identification and referral of women with obstetric fistula to specialist repair facilities.

Administrator Rajiv Shah at the Acting on the Call conference
June 25, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it is realigning $2.9 billion of the Agency’s resources to save up to half a million children from preventable deaths by the end of 2015—refocusing resources on high-impact programs with proven track records to save the most lives

(left to right) Abadir Abdu, the head of the West Arsi Zone Administration, USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller, and A
June 12, 2014

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the Shashemane Farm Service Center (FSC). It is the sixth such center to open in Oromia Region, joining FSCs in Ambo, Bishoftu, Dodola, Fiche and Nekemte. The FSCs provide a complete range of supplies such as quality seeds, fertilizers, plant protection products, and veterinary products; information; and marketing links for Ethiopian smallholders, allowing them to make the step from subsistence to commercial production.

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