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12 Aug 2013 description

Highlights

  • With better seeds, fertilizer and training from farmers unions, farmers are seeing crop yields rise up to 100%.

  • The programme, introduced by the Agricultural Transformation Agency, began with 2 farmers and is spreading to 2 million this year.

  • Ethiopian poverty rates have fallen from 40 percent to 29 percent between 2005 and 2012.

Hurgessa Gutema owns a small farm in Wolisso in central Ethiopia.

With help from a local farming co-operative, his crop yield is rising year after year.

29 Jul 2013 description

A new Ethiopian International Peace-keeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) to be set up in Addis Ababa is intended to become a regional and international centre of excellence in peace-keeping, peace-building and conflict resolution.

The Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Ministry of Economic Development and Economic Affairs (MoFED) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have now signed an agreement for a one-year programme that supports the establishment of the EEIPKTC.

27 May 2013 description

Genet Tesfaye is a young, married mother of one living in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. A potter by trade, Genet has been contributing more and more to her family’s income through her craft.

Ethiopia has a diverse and rich cultural heritage, and a joint UNDP-UNESCO project is taking advantage of that heritage to help support the country’s fight against poverty. As part of that project, Genet and other women in a cooperative were trained to improve their skills.