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03 Dec 2012 description
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While government leaders, NGOs and corporations devise strategies to churn out more food for future generations, Eleni Gabre-Madhin is taking a different approach. Concerned by a 2002 famine in her home country of Ethiopia that followed bumper crops in 2000 and 2001, the Stanford-educated economist decided it was time to go beyond food production and take a hard look at distribution.

13 Jan 2011 description
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Wol Akujang was among the more than 20,000 "Lost Boys" who were displaced or orphaned during Sudan's civil war. He left his village of Pap at the age of six and spent time in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before being relocated to the United States. He settled in the state of Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with an undergraduate degree in public health. He is returning to South Sudan this week after having voted in Arizona in South Sudan's historic referendum for independence.

28 Apr 2010 description
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staff blog

A month ahead of national elections, the Ethiopian government has come under critical Western scrutiny in an article which accuses foreign donors of "subsidizing a regime that is rapidly becoming one of the most repressive and dictatorial on the continent."

Writing in the current issue of The New York Review of Books, Helen Epstein suggests that Western aid officials "seem reluctant to admit that there are two Prime Minister Meles Zenawis.

"One is a clubbable, charming African who gives moving speeches at Davos and other elite forums about …

13 Feb 2009 description
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Yonas Abiye

Addis Abeba - The government of Japan-through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Thursday donated nine million USD to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help the latter curb its financial problem to feed food insecure men women and children in Ethiopia.

The agreement on the same was signed between WFP's Acting Country Director in Ethiopia, Felix B. F.

17 Apr 2007 description
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Kevin Watkins

It's a long way from Louisiana. But when you stand on the banks of the Dechatu River that runs through the southern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa, you can feel that this is a town twinned in tragedy with New Orleans.

Maybe 'river' is the wrong word to describe the Dechatu. For most of the year it is little more than a dried out sandy channel - a dead testimony to drought and environmental collapse.

04 Jun 2003 description
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Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

Addis Ababa - The UN World Food Programme is warning that despite an early response by the international community to the consequences of Ethiopia's drought, 12.5 million Ethiopians continue to face starvation. The organisation says it still needs US$90 million in assistance to cover the organisation's 2003 emergency operation.