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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.

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.

Project Mercy Executive Director Marta Gabre-Tsadick (left) and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller shake hands
June 20, 2013

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched two activities with Project Mercy to boost health and livelihoods in communities in the SNNPR and Amhara regions. Yetebon, a Gurage community near Butajira in the SNNP region, will benefit from maternal and child health services. The major part of the grant is to use upgrade and use the Project Mercy hospital and facilities to train 400 midwives who willd eploy across the SNNPR region to boost the Ministry of Health's and USAID efforts tor educe the high death rate of mothers and newborns.

U.S. Ambassador Donald Booth (l) and Project Mercy Co-founder Deme Tekle-wold with local residents in a Gurage celebration.
June 20, 2013

It is my pleasure to represent the American people at this signing of two agreements to support Project Mercy’s inspiring work to improve the health and livelihoods of communities in Yetebon and Chacha. Shortly after I arrived in Ethiopia in 2010, I had the pleasure of visiting Project Mercy and learning about the wonderful work being done by Marta and Deme. Last January, USAID Administrator Raj Shah and Senator James Inhofe came from Washington to see the remarkable work being done here. I am pleased to be here once again to see the progress that has been made since 2010.

June 12, 2013

It is an honor for me to represent the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) commitment to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases at this important national symposium appropriately themed “End the neglect, Integrate, Scale-up, and Sustain.”  

Secretary of State John Kerry drinks a cup of coffee during a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
May 26, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) CEO Anteneh Assefa and Tadele Abraha, owner of Green Coffee, and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller in recognition of the ECX coffee laboratory becoming the first in Africa to meet the rigorous quality standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). With the certification, U.S. importers of Ethiopian coffee will be able to purchase Ethiopian coffee with confidence that the coffee they receive will be of a specific quality.

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