U.S. To Help Ethiopia Improve Agriculture In Five Years

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The governments of the United States and Ethiopia agree to launch a new five-year Feed the Future strategy to invest in food security, build resilience, and accelerate economic growth opportunities in Ethiopia.

On Friday the two sides signed a declaration of partnership to improve Ethiopia’s agriculture performance and attain food security. The new multi-sector Feed the Future strategy also aligns with the Ethiopian government’s national-level development strategies, and contributes to Ethiopia’s vision of becoming a prosperous, middle-income country by 2025. Even though Ethiopia is endowed with huge arable land and abundant water resources, the country has not been able to feed its people and still relies on foreign food aid and spends tens of millions of dollars on food import.

Ethiopia is one of the 12 partner countries worldwide chosen to participate in this new phase of the Feed the Future initiative. Feed the Future has already made a tremendous difference in the lives of beneficiaries around the world, according to the press statement from the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa. Since 2013, stunting among children under 5 years of age has dropped by 18 percent in areas where Feed the Future programs are operating.

Hundreds of thousands of maize farmers are now using higher yielding seeds, nearly tripling production on average, and chickpea, coffee, livestock, dairy, and poultry farmers participating in Feed the Future have more than doubled their annual profits over the past year.

Over the next five years, Feed the Future will build on past successes in Ethiopia, forging new partnerships and greater collaboration among government, donors, and businesses to provide economic growth opportunities and improve health, nutrition, and resilience for millions of Ethiopians. Feed the Future will also promote increased engagement with the private sector to introduce new and innovative solutions to the challenges Ethiopia faces while opening new commercial opportunities.

“By combining our abilities, the public and private sectors of the United States and Ethiopia can help achieve the New Horizon of Hope goals of creating domestic business and jobs while increasing export revenues. We will work across ministries to improve the nutritional status of children and young women. Together we can strengthen public service delivery at the local level. Most importantly, we can strengthen the resilience of communities and families to all kinds of shocks,” said USAID Deputy Administrator Glick.

The United States has invested approximately $4 billion in development and humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia over the past five years to help people across the country lead healthier and more prosperous lives.

NBE

2 Responses to U.S. To Help Ethiopia Improve Agriculture In Five Years

  1. Dear Sir/Madam
    I am not sure if this will help the country to be food secure. Rather this policy will make very dependent on the corporation who are manufacturing fertilizer and seeds. It is very bad for Ethiopia. I do not think the Zehabesha website did a proper research about the matter. Please be responsible it is a very bad thing to Ethiopia. I am not sure if you guys know how the feed the future works considering this is similar the one which is currently undergoing in other East african countries.
    Here is how
    At every stage of the agriculture process the farmer need to buy Fertilizer before sowing the seed, fertilizer after sowing the seeds, fertilizer after the seeds start growing. Once the seed harvested either the farmer has to sell or consume it. The farmer can not use as a seed. For the next farming period he has to buy all the same from the same US corporations. The bad thing is that once the soil used the fertilizer it does not produce without fertilizer.
    How is it better for Ethiopia???? Please think!! don’t allow this stupidity and make a grave mistake to the coming generation.

    Bear in mind this process will make the farmer, hence the country dependent on seeds and fertilizer which come from multinational agri corporation.

    I would love to hear from those ethiopians whose profession is Agriculture.Mainly if they know about the current trend of “Feed the future”.
    I hope they are not agreed to do it in the whole country. Wey ethiopia!!!

    A
    April 16, 2019 at 10:02 am
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  2. Aid is killer than Aids ; You have written USA “invested” 4bilion USD , then the return for this “investment ” were hunger ! Which investment ? in education , infrustructure , or just loan and aid which paralize the country’s economy …

    USA and European union use grain Products for energy production, while telling us ” it is enviromental friendly ” but exporting weapons to distructe the planet …specially USA , Canda ,Russia and France together that produce more than 60% of the World wheat production manuplates the market as they need as they have the technolgy even if their location is not favourable for Agricultural production ; then if they need to assit , technology transfer is the only way :investing on human Resources and even an assitance to make mechanized farming ;

    Small farmers are always suffering while there is no advanced mechanized farming in Ethiopia . ena deha geberya hiwote eyekfa ena menemem telke resha belalbet huneta hezbe enmgebalne ? ayemslgnme !! yechawetubenale yetergemu !!!

    This is fake news ; As Ethiopia continues to open her door to this kind of aggrements ,her economic, social and political problems will move from bad to worst .

    Dawite delalawe stockholm
    April 21, 2019 at 10:33 am
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