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  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Ethiopia: Nation Toiling to Harvest a Bumper Crop

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/09/03 Agriculture and Natural Resources Ministry announced that over 90 % of the cultivated land in the country has been covered by various crops. It as well stated that it has been exerting efforts to overcome El Niño related challenges. The Ministry Crop Development Acting Director Esayas Lema told The Ethiopian Herald that agricultural production and productivity have been growing by six % for a lot of consecutive years. For instance, during the last harvest season, the country managed to gain bumper crop of twenty million quintals.
  • Ethiopia: Land Certification - Will It Bring Tenure Security?

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/09/02 The government strongly believes that issuing land certificate to farmers is the only way to bring land tenure security and empower farmers across the country. Nevertheless, some argue that providing land certificate has nothing to do with such kind of security. "Before the issuance of the land certificate, the territories per plot had not been clearly defined, as a result,there were a number of land disputes part farmers. They as well used to waste their precious time at court in a bid to end the litigation," says Tigistu Gebremeskel , Directorate Director of Land Management and Utilization at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Polish tractors ploughing a furrow to Africa

    POLAND, 2016/06/17 The new transaction worth $50-million (44-million-euro) provides for the delivery of 2,400 tractors, tools and spare parts and includes equipping an assembly hall and service centres located in Tanzania. It's Ursus' third transaction in Africa. "We believe that our currently realized contracts will facilitate negotiations with prospective partners because Ethiopia is the benchmark for other African nations," CEO Karol Zarajczyk said. The Sole transaction as well covers sugar cane trailers and the construction of a tractor assembly plant in the country. Polish tractor maker Ursus signed a huge contract with Tanzania's National Service Corporation Sole. The contract was Ursus' third deal in Africa, a market that many Polish entrepreneurs are looking to boost.
  • German multinational, the Bosch Group, wants to help lift the quality and returns from Ethiopian coffee

    GERMANY, 2015/12/08 German multinational, the Bosch Group, wants to help lift the quality and returns from Ethiopian coffee by supplying better processing equipment and expertise. "We believe that technology is the best way that the coffee industry can move up the price chain in Ethiopia and compete globally. This is why the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) works with companies like Bosch to make this a reality," Vandan Rughani, the Managing Director of Bosch East Africa said last week in Addis Ababa. He was speaking at the initial International Coffee Processing and Packaging Round Table organised and paid for by the Group, specifically, Bosch Packaging Technology. According to a statement, participants came from UNIDO, several industrial and agricultural institutions, large business, small and medium business owners, farmers, civil society inclunding local and international aid agencies. Central to the talks was agreeing on a strategic bid to enhance food security.
  • Ethiopia Gets Sweet Approval From Europeans for Honey Export

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/12/08 Legendary long distance athlete, Haile Gebresilassie, whose business portfolio is fast expanding, has presently ventured into the apiculture sector with his new honey production by presently earning vast interests from European nations. Having delivered his initial product in the local market labeled Haile Mar (Haile Honey), the former Atlanta and Sydney Olympics Gold Medalist is warming up for major exports to European nations inclunding Germany, the Netherlands. Haile told The Reporter that he is producing the honey from his 200 hectares of coffee farm in Sheka area of southern Ethiopia which he describes as one of the "best and high quality" origins of honey in the country.
  • Initiative with Ethiopia aims to boost opportunities for rural youth

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/07/23 FAO and the government of Ethiopia today signed a partnership agreement which aims to reduce youth mobility caused by poverty, through innovative policies that will create jobs and business opportunities for young people in the agricultural sector and in rural areas additional broadly. The two-year project is being supported with funds provided by the Italian government and aims to obtain a better considerate of the dynamics that lead rural people – youth in particular – to leave their homes and seek employment elsewhere. The improved evidence on rural migration trends and impacts will help policy-makers, improve agricultural and rural development policies in order to increase employment opportunities, and make rural areas additional attractive to young people.
  • Saudi Star to restart rice project on disputed Anuak land in Ethiopia

    SAUDI ARABIA, 2015/07/02 Saudi Star to restart rice project on disputed Anuak land in Ethiopia. According to Cropwatch, Saudi Star Agricultural Development plans to pump $100 million into a rice export project in Gambella region of Ethiopia despite allegations of human rights violations surrounding the “villagization” program under which the land has been taken from indigenous Anuak pastoralists to lease to foreign investors. The company is owned by Mohamed al-Amoudi, who was born in Ethiopia to a Saudi father and an Ethiopian mother. Al-Amoudi made a fortune from construction contracts to build Saudi Arabia's national underground oil storage complex. Presently a billionaire a lot of times over, al-Amoudi has invested heavily in Ethiopia where he owns a gold mine and a majority stake in the national oil company.


  • Ethiopia's Tiny Secret Going Global

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/03/19 Ethiopia's indigenous grain teff is garnering world interest as a new super food, while Ethiopia's government tries to ensure local prices don't rocket for Ethiopians. Each six days a week an Ethiopian Airlines flight departs Addis Ababa for Washington in the US with a fresh batch of 3,000 injera on board. This pancake-shaped grey spongy bread is a centuries-old Ethiopian staple made from teff, a tiny grain presently making a health food name for itself globally. "For the next this company is planning to distribute Ethiopian traditional food all over the world," said Hailu Tessema, founder of Mama Fresh, Ethiopia's initial large-scale factory producing teff-based products.
  • Africa-led fund designed to improve food security across the continent

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2014/03/31 A incomparable, Africa-led fund designed to improve food security across the continent has become a reality for the initial six nations slated to benefit from the initiative. The Central African Republic (CAR), Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Niger and South Sudan signed agreements in Tunis with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to receive US$ 2 million each from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. 'The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund shows that African nations are ready to step up and work with their neighbours to build a sustainable and food fasten region, and to have the next we want,' said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. The agreements were signed during the FAO Regional Conference for Africa.