Category “Ethiopia”

Ethiopia: Making Ethiopia a Hub for Agricultural Research

Mahamoud el-Solh (Ph.D) is the director general of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), an organization dedicated to investing in agricultural research with a special focus on enhancing productivity in dry areas.

Founded in 1977 in Syria after securing one thousand hectares of land from the Syrian government, ICARDA established its headquarters there. Thus far, Iran, Syria and Lebanon have been focal countries for its research. However, North African, South and West Asian countries have also been selected for ICARDA’s activities. Recently, it has also strengthened its presence in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa following the establishment of its regional research centers in India and Ethiopia. Nevertheless, the organization has a history of working with this country. Prior to setting up its office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has collaborated with the organization for around thirty years. Henok Reta of the Reporter caught up with the director-general while he visited the capital for the launching of the regional office. Excerpts:

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Africa: New Climate Innovation Center Launched to Jumpstart Clean-Tech and Climate-Smart Agriculture Ventures in Ethiopia

Addis Ababaethiopia, — World Bank-supported business hub, the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), was launched today in Addis Ababa to support pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change while creating jobs and improving livelihoods. First of its kind in the country, the center will help over 3.1 million Ethiopians increase resilience to climate change and is expected to create more than 12,000 jobs in the next ten years.

Ethiopia’s agriculture, which is highly sensitive to fluctuations in rainfall, represents the basis of the national economy. It accounts for approximately 46% of the GDP and 80% of the jobs of the working population. According to the World Bank report ‘Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change,’ without a proper green growth strategy, the total climate adaptation costs for Ethiopia could range from US$1.22 billion to $5.84 billion per year.

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Ethiopia: Trade Barriers Worsen Food Insecurity

Africa is not achieving its potential in food trade. The growing demand for food is increasingly being met by imports from the global market. This, coupled with rising global food prices, is leading to ever mounting food import bills.

Clearly something has to change. Business as usual with regards to food staples in Africa is not sustainable.

Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem within Africa. The potential to increase agricultural production is enormous.

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Ethiopia: Irish Authority Launches Sustainable Potato Project in Ethiopia

The project is being implemented with Vita in the Chencha region of Ethiopia. It is part of Teagasc’s new policy on international food security.

Teagasc is partnering on the project with Vita, the Irish NGO, Wageningen University and Research, The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, The International Potato Centre (CIP), Arba Minch University and the Irish Potato Federation.

The project is intended to empower and strengthen the local knowledge base by funding and training three Ethiopian PhD students. Dissemination of the research will help local subsistence farmers and the research will ultimately be widely transferable across sub-Saharan Africa through a proposed Potato Coalition.

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Ethiopia Airlines expands on horticultural export potential

Ethiopian vegetable and fruit exporters are considering expanding into the South Korean market, with the launch of direct flights to Seoul by Ethiopian Airlines.

At the moment Ethiopian produce is only exported to Europe and the Middle East. The Asian market is seen as having high potential. Direct flights between Addis Ababa and the Korean capital commenced on Monday 17th of June.

Ethiopian Airlines also launched bi-weekly cargo flights to Juba in South Sudan, leading to predictions of a rise in fruit and vegetable exports from Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia: More Finance for African Smallholder Farmers

Ministry of Agriculture said Ethiopia has best experience in extensively financing smallholder farmers to make sustainable development in the agriculture sector.

The 3rd meeting of Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa was held in Addis Ababa on 31 Tuesday, 2013.

The meeting that attracts private investors, governments, NGOs and smallholder farmers discusses on how to add values to agricultural products in the region.

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Ethiopia: Linking Ethiopia’s Bean Farmers to Formal Markets

Addis Ababa — Over the years, small-scale farmers growing white pea beans in Ethiopia have sold their produce through the informal market, relying largely on middlemen who dictate prices and walk away with huge profits, often leaving the farmers in poverty.

“When smallholders sell their produce individually, they are easily shortchanged by middlemen who give them very little money for their products, and they can hardly provide for their families despite their hard work on the farms,” Legesse Dadi, agricultural project manager for Catholic Relief Services in Ethiopia, told IRIN.

Some traders on the informal market are also more likely to tamper with weighing scales, which means farmers get even less money for their produce.

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