USAID Administrator Natsios visits Ethiopia; will tour drought affected areas, attend Big Table meeting

Addis Ababa - USAID Administrator Andrew S. Natsios will visit Ethiopia from Thursday, January 16th until Monday, January 20th. During the 4-day visit, Natsios will tour drought affected areas, meet with Ethiopians affected by the drought and with government officials and visit a number of development programs and initiatives funded by the U.S. government. In addition, Natsios and USAID's Assistant Administrator for Africa, Constance Berry Newman, will attend the Economic Conference for Africa's (ECA) Big Table meeting.

Friday, January 17, 2003

Administrator Natsios will attend an HIV/AIDS and family health rally at the Mesrak Ber #1 Middle School at 1:45 p.m. in Addis Ababa.

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Administrator Natsios will visit the Kolba Cooperative, a project funded by the U.S. government. Later that morning, he will tour Dilfaqaar village in Arsi Zone with World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director, James Wolf.

Monday, January 20, 2003

Administrator Natsios will travel to West Hararge for visits to two food distribution sites, a school and a hospital.

For additional details about the Administrator's trip, please contact Allyson Wainer or Ellen Yount at the USAID Mission at 510088 or 09-218183 (cell).

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. The long-term goal of USAID assistance to Ethiopia is to reduce chronic food insecurity. To reach that goal, USAID/Ethiopia's program focuses on child survival and nutrition, reproductive health, infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, environmentally sustainable agriculture, basic education, democracy and governance, and disaster mitigation.

USAID/Ethiopia's strategy supports activities in six program areas: 1) increasing production and productivity of rural households; 2) improving family health; 3) improving primary education systems; 4) strengthening civil society and governance; 5) mitigating the effects of disasters; and 6) improving the livelihoods for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in southern Ethiopia.

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