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19 Jul 2018 description

Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project / Esther Ngumbi

This post was co-authored with Esther Ngumbi.

09 May 2018 description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently concluded its Mulu Most At Risk Populations Project to combat HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia and is announcing the launch of a new follow-on project, HIV Services for Key and Priority Populations Activity.

30 Apr 2018 description

The United States is strengthening Ethiopia’s capacity to prevent future pandemics and helping prepare Ethiopian experts provide critical support if an outbreak occurs. The U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) recently transferred the design and plans for a National Reference Laboratory (a Biosafety level 3, BSL-3, laboratory) to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). The transfer is part of the U.S.

27 Feb 2018 description
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Today, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marked the end of a nine-year program with the Ministry of Health to improve the ability of Ethiopian health centers to detect, diagnose, and treat malaria.

21 Jun 2017 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 20, 2017 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Livestock Market Development activity, today handed over approximately $800,000 (nearly 18.4 million Ethiopian Birr) worth of dairy processing equipment to 24 grantees operating in the Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions. Through these grants, thousands of smallholder farmers will have access to reliable buyers, and tens of thousands of consumers will gain access to formally processed dairy and meat products.

02 May 2017 description

Drought is a perennial feature of the Horn of Africa. For families who live in this region of East Africa, it means dealing with major shocks regularly—shocks that make it difficult to ever really escape poverty, despite their best efforts.

Many make a living as farmers and pastoralists, relying on the earth and the skies for income and food. When the rains don’t come, livestock and crops die. As families face this hardship year in and year out, they lose their ability to bounce back and have to turn to outside assistance to survive.

10 Apr 2017 description

USAID spent about $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2016 on international food aid projects under the Food for Peace Act. These funds have traditionally been used to buy food in the United States and transport it abroad. In addition, USAID also spends some of this money on implementation and support costs, such as storing food in warehouses and—in recent years—providing cash and food vouchers to individuals.

30 Jan 2017 description

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A year ago we gathered here to draw attention to the 2016 humanitarian appeal. As Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said, we marshalled the largest emergency drought response in history. And while I wish we could be rewarded for those extraordinary efforts with a pause in humanitarian crises, nature has not been kind to the Horn of Africa. We find ourselves yet again facing enormous humanitarian needs in 2017.

29 Dec 2016 description

Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, and USAID’s Multi-sector Nutrition and Water Strategies Linked in Five-Year Activity

16 Nov 2016 description

In addition to the specific market data in the following maps, average nominal price changes from September 2015 to September 2016 are as follows: maize, sorghum and teff have increased by 29%, 34% and 31% respectively, while the average nominal price of aggregated pulses has increased by 13%. In contrast, the price of wheat has fallen 21% since September 2015 the result of food assistance related imports by Government and development partners.

31 Aug 2016 description

Mulu Worku, a 29 year-old mother of a young son, tends chickens in Holeta Town, a community about 25 miles from Addis Abba, Ethiopia’s capital city. At first glance, her activities may seem unremarkable in a country where poultry raising is considered traditional women’s work. But on a closer look, her traditional work is potentially transformational.

11 Aug 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 11, 2016– Today U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach participated in a signing ceremony to award a Julia Taft Fund grant for refugees to International Rescue Committee-Ethiopia.

28 Jun 2016 description

Married for half of her life, Beseatu Mofida, 30, became the sole breadwinner for her family when her husband was paralyzed in a car accident. Living in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region of Ethiopia, Mofida and her young children survived on eating enset—a fruit locally known as “false banana” that is a staple food of low nutrient quality—flavored with chili. Mofida knew her children were poorly fed and had difficulty concentrating in school, but she lacked opportunities to increase her income in her rural village.

08 Jun 2016 description

UNAIDS and PEPFAR announce dramatic reductions in new HIV infections among children in the 21 countries most affected by HIV in Africa

Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009

29 Apr 2016 description

Women in Ethiopia, as in many other developing countries, are the principal water-bearers. Their work is physically taxing and time-consuming, and many walk long distances to reach a water source. They must then fill and lug heavy containers back to their land, but their labors don’t stop there. They must also allot available water for washing, cooking, irrigation and livestock.

30 Mar 2016 description

Each year, millions of famers across Africa plant sorghum, a vital staple for household food consumption, livestock fodder and building materials such as thatch, fencing, basketry and shelter. Yet due to the harsh climate in semi-arid regions, only a fraction of the sorghum crop typically survives, leaving smallholder farmers with less food, fewer resources and minimal incomes.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sorghum and Millet at Kansas State University is experimenting with ways to improve the resilience and heat-tolerance of sorghum in difficult growing conditions.

12 Mar 2016 description

As a foreign service officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I’ve worked in a variety of countries throughout my career, including Ethiopia, where I learned first-hand how recurrent drought pushes people further and further into poverty. And, having worked with the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative for the past 6 years, I’ve also had the opportunity to see just how far the country has come in recent years in its development.

11 Mar 2016 description

Every year, Alage College, a highly esteemed agricultural training institution in Ethiopia, graduates a large number of mid-level agriculture workers. Yet the school, like other agriculture institutions in the country, didn’t include basic nutrition in its agriculture curriculum. As a result, its graduates knew little about the science of nutrition or nutrition-sensitive agriculture—an approach to agricultural practices with the intention of improving nutrition.

09 Feb 2016 description

USAID’s new activity will optimize the power of health communication to transform Ethiopia’s public health system

01 Feb 2016 description

Outside the Tanzanian city of Dodoma, the leaders of Chamwino Super Sembe Supply had ambitious goals: they wanted to expand operations, make their mill more profitable, and provide fortified flour to more customers. But translating that vision into reality was a challenge. Among other things, Chamwino lacked a business plan, making it impossible to chart the way forward or access the loans needed to expand and improve operations.