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New equipment to enable smallholder farmers to reduce post harvest loss, increase productivity, sales income

More than 1.5 million smallholder farmers to access post-harvest equipment

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agribusiness Market Development (AGP-AMDe) program, a U.S. Feed the Future initiative, handed over to Becho Woliso, Ambo & Errer farmers’ cooperative unions (FCU) grain grading equipment to help smallholder member farmers, notably in wheat and maize, decrease post-harvest losses and increase the crop quality.

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Bringing safe water to Ethiopia

Wells improve health, reduce distance from clean water

“Before this well was dug in our village … the water source was very dirty and full of mud.” Sept. 2014—You are thirsty. Now imagine walking six hours round trip, only to reach dirty water at your destination.

That’s what Semegn Mikir did every day just to acquire water for her family in Ethiopia. Mikir is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and lives in the rural Lay Gayint district in Taria Georgies village.

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Program working to improve maize, legumes productivity

Addis Ababa September 25/2014 The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa program (SIMLESA) is working to improve farmers' productivity through supplying improved seed.

Improved maize and legumes seed have been released to farmers through the program since 2010, said Mulugetta Mekuria, the Program Coordinator.

The improved maize and legumes seed provides 20 percent and 15 percent respectively higher production per hectare than the seed previously used by farmers.

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New multi-drug resistant TB facility opens at Bishoftu Hospital

Bishoftu, Oromia -- The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) TB CARE project, implemented by the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, handed over a newly renovated facility for treatment of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) to Oromia Regional Health Bureau, Bishoftu Hospital today. The new MDR-TB facility is to be one of the centers of excellence for the Oromia Region delivering referral services, consultation, mentorship and supervision to all healthcare providers in the region with MDR-TB patients.

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Agency installs 100 automated weather forecast machines

Addis Ababa September 24/2014 The National Meteorology Agency announced that is has installed 100 automated weather forecast machines in different parts of the country to get timely data.

Speaking on a relevant meeting held here today, Agency Director- General Fetene Teshome said the installation of the machines is part of the efforts to supply timely and accurate information for the better performance of the agriculture sector.

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Building emergency medicine in Ethiopia

Ethiopia faces a critical gap in emergency medical care. Canadian experts have paired with Addis Ababa University to develop a national research and training facility and graduate the country’s first emergency medicine specialists.

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Systemic human rights concerns demand action by both Ethiopia and the Human Rights Council

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The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Ethiopia on 19 September 2014 during its 27th session. Prior to the adoption of the review outcome, Amnesty International delivered an oral statement calling for urgent and concrete steps to be taken to reduce violations of civil and political rights in Ethiopia in the run-up to elections in May 2015 and urging the Human Rights Council to ensure more sustained attention to the situation in the country.

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ACT Alliance Alert: Flooding in South Sudanese refugee camp, Leitchour, Ethiopia

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Geneva, 12th September 2014

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

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Ethiopia, Save the Children sign agreement to open regional office in Addis Ababa

Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mrs. Natacha Vorholter, Deputy Regional Director of Save the Children International, signed on Monday (September 08) an agreement to open a Pan African Office in Addis Ababa. On the occasion of the signing ceremony, Ambassador Berhane recalled the long-term partnership of Ethiopia and Save the Children International over many years. He thanked Mrs.

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South striving to send 500,000 children to school

Addis Ababa September 9/2014 - South Ethiopia Peoples' State is striving to enable all school-age children in the state attend classes in this academic year.

It is working in collaboration with stakeholders to convince parents to send all their children to schools, representative of the regional education bureau said.

The representative, Adane Nguse told ENA that the bureau is using social gatherings, development armies and religious institutions to register children through a door-to-door campaign.

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IBM Comes Up with Proposal to Support Health Sector

Addis Ababa September 04/2014 IBM (International Business Machine Corporation) has proposed to introduce a technological scheme that it says would make the country's health extension program effective.

At a press briefing the 15-person team gave on Thursday, September 4, 2014, they have spent 4 weeks in Addis Ababa working with government ministries and NGOs to help them deliver health services, track economic growth and attract foreign investment.

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Refugees attempt to survive in flooded camps

London, 4 September 2014 – With the rainy season, Lietchuor refugee camp, which shelters some 40,000 people from South Sudan, has become a lake dotted with islands. As a result, Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the UNHCR have taken the decision to close the camp and they must find an appropriate site to relocate the refugees.

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UNHCR and partners distribute urgently needed aid to flooded camps in Ethiopia

UNHCR, WFP and the government have begun distributing general food rations, including sorghum, lentils and cooking oil, to thousands of South Sudanese in the Gambella region.

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Waiting in Leitchuor: South Sudanese refugees need help

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Eight months after conflict broke out, thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to flee into Ethiopia but lack of funding makes it difficult to provide shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. In August 2014, DanChurchAid visited Leitchuor camp in the Gambella region of south western Ethiopia.

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Ethiopians' plight: 'The toilets are unhealthy, but we don't have a choice'

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Officials plan to build extra public conveniences in Addis Ababa, which has just 63 loos for its 3 million inhabitants

Addis Ababa has more than 3 million people, but there are just 63 public toilets. At one, in the oldest part of the city, there is constant activity and bustle as people queue to pay varying prices for a urinal, full cubicle or shower in the white-tiled facility inside a circular yellow building. For many, this is the only option because of the lack of provision in their own homes.

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Ethiopian girls as young as five married off

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Parents unable to look after children are marrying them off at a tender age, exposing them to maternal deaths.

Amhara, Ethiopia - Mekdes Murgeta does not remember her actual wedding, but her family told her it happened when she was five . Pointing at her own five-year-old daughter she confirms she was her age.

Murgeta lives in Mosebo, a rural village in the Amhara region in central Ethiopia. There, as in the rest of Ethiopia, it is illegal to be married before the age of 18.

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Nation gains meaningful results in irrigation development

Addis Ababa August 26/2014

Ethiopia has gained meaningful results regarding small scale irrigation in terms of size of land developed through irrigation and amount of output, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

In Ethiopia, where over 82 per cent of the total population lives in rural areas, agriculture is the major means of earning a living and it's the backbone of the economy, constitutes about 43 per cent of the country’s GDP. Over 80 per cent of the country’s exports come from agriculture.

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Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees receive cholera vaccine

The mass immunisation campaign will protect South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, as well as the host community, against the risk of cholera spreading across the border.

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Year Round Food Security

Sowing improved seeds for food security.

W/ro Yejanie Mango (43), a mother of three children, lives in Kido Kebele, Dibate District. Her family’s livelihood is entirely dependent on traditional subsistence farming and for years she struggled to produce enough food.