Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome all of our callers who have dialed in from across Africa. Today, we are joined by USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa, Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Florie Liser. They are speaking to us from Washington D.C. We will begin with remarks from Assistant Administrator Gast, followed by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Liser, and then we will open it up to your questions
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.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute today announced 46 new research projects to advance the scientific and technical capacity of both the United States and partner countries in critical areas of development. The projects are funded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, a joint initiative designed to foster collaborative global research.
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.
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.
Last updated: August 31, 2015