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Thresher on the Move: Young innovator reduces harvest losses, boosts food security

About the size of a wheelbarrow, Stephen Ssekanyo’s “Kungula thresher” fits nicely on the back of a motorcycle. That means he can deliver it deep into rural areas where the unpaved roads become tracks and farmers rarely gain access to technologies. But by delivering his innovation to the farmers’ fields, he is helping them to prepare clean, ready-to-package maize at a price they can afford.

In the Amhara region of Ethiopia, Mariye Amsalu stands in front of the bee colonies his youth group manages.

In Ethiopia, the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and consecutive poor rainy seasons triggered the worst water shortage the highlands had seen in more than 50 years.

“They keep us healthy”—Bed-nets a bonus at the antenatal and vaccination clinics

Clad in a rainbow of colors and frills, the moms spill from the waiting rooms into the corridor, holding babies who are bouncing, sleeping and crying.

Women weavers in Kitui, Kenya constructing baskets destined for Walmart.

Katchy Kollections Director Jennifer Mulli desires global recognition for her brand—Jiamini—Kiswahili for “believe in yourself.” It’s a bold goal for someone who has only been in business for three years. But given her current trajectory, Mulli may very well succeed.

A Tikur Abbay employee constructs a shoe for U.S. retailer Bass.

Because of its fine leather and commitment to top quality, Ethiopia has recently become a magnet for international retailers seeking high-end shoes. Ethiopian shoe companies offer it allfine-dress, casual and sport footwear.

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Last updated: October 18, 2017

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