New drought strikes millions in Ethiopia, still reeling from El Nino

"Today we need that partnership once again as we face a new drought," he said, appealing for $948 million in aid. The United Nations' humanitarian coordinator in Somalia, Peter de Clercq, warned on Tuesday of "a significant risk of further deterioration to famine", appealing for $864 million for 3.9 million Somalis. "The impact is expected to be most dire in early 2017 among livestock, with unusually early migrations, excess mortality rates and extreme emaciation," the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement. For Ethiopia, it was the worst drought in 50 years, and devastating for a country where eight out of 10 people depend on farming and livestock. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights and climate change.

January 17, 2017 13:54 UTC

Ethiopian to add seven new destinations by June

Rapidly expanding Ethiopian Airlines is set to add even more cargo capacity to African trade lanes with the launch of services to seven new destinations in the first five months of the year. The airline, which will open a new cargo hub in April, aims to offer services to 120 international destinations by 2025. Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam said: “Africa’s share of the Global Aviation is the smallest which is only around 3%. In November, IATA statistics showed that cargo load factors declined year on year for the 19th consecutive month to reach 25.3% - the lowest level of any region monitored by the airline organisation. The reason for the decline in load factors is capacity additions rather than weak demand.

January 17, 2017 12:45 UTC

USAID Support Saved Lives and Improved Family Health

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and its partners Pathfinder and John Snow, Inc., marked the successful completion of the Integrated Family Health Program, its flagship maternal, newborn and child health support and family planning program. Additionally, maternal and newborn health is better, and there has been positive progress in most child health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and malaria outcomes as a result of the joint efforts between USAID and the Government of Ethiopia. The program helped to expand health practices at the household and community level such as more mothers giving birth at health facilities. As a result, the availability and quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services was improved. USAID will continue working to improve maternal and child health through its Transform awards, which will be implemented in all regions of Ethiopia to support the Ministry of Health’s ambitious Health Sector Transformation Plan goals.

January 17, 2017 11:27 UTC

New drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk

The impact is expected to be most dire in early 2017 among livestock, with unusually early migrations, excess mortality rates and extreme emaciation. FAO calls for an immediate response to support the food security and nutrition of households reliant on animals. Along with the provision of supplementary animal feed, especially along migratory routes, targeted destocking interventions will be implemented to make protein-rich meat available for vulnerable pastoral communities and support livestock prices in local markets. For Ethiopian households, restocking after the loss of half of one's cattle typically takes four years without adverse conditions. FAO's programme seeks in particular to support crop production, implement emergency response and resilience activities in the livestock sector, support livelihoods in refugee-hosting areas and strengthen coordination, information and analysis.

January 17, 2017 09:55 UTC

Madagascar to join Ethiopian’s vast intra-African network

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January 17, 2017 06:25 UTC



5 Wicked Facts About Ethiopia

LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA - MARCH 19: Ethiopian Orthodox clergy members stand outside Bete Giyorgis, also called St. George's Church, at the Lalibela holy sites on March 19, 2013 in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It's either they don't know much to form a positive opinion, or they know at least 5 wicked facts about Ethiopia which left their minds blown. Here are the top 5 facts about Ethiopia that prospective visitors ought to remember. Unconquered NationOne of Ethiopia's wicked facts that its countrymen aren't tired of retelling is how their civilization repelled every known prospective invader. Soul of Reggae MusicAmong the 5 wicked facts about Ethiopia, the hardest trivia to miss is the fact that this country has single-handedly inspired almost all aspects of reggae culture.

January 17, 2017 02:48 UTC

Old Is New For Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines continues celebrating its 70th birthday in 2017, having been founded with partner Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1946. The carrier operates one of the youngest modern air fleets in the world (averaging 5.5 years) with 82 aircraft including A350s, B777s, and B787 Dreamliners. Ethiopian’s new $150 million cargo handling facility has systems by Unitechnik and is currently being built at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. It is expected to be partially operational this April 2017, and will be the biggest facility in Africa. Fully realized, the facility will be capable of moving 1.2 million tons annually, offering capacity to handle eight B747-800 freighters at a time.

January 16, 2017 23:41 UTC

Ethiopian Band Yegna to Continue Despite Funding Cut from UK

Ethiopian Band Yegna to Continue Despite Funding Cut from UKYegna Managing Director Solome Tadesse spoke on Tuesday of continuation of the project despite the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s decision to cut its funding for the project. But DFID announced the end of its partnership with Yegna a few days ago. “Yegna has been on air for the past three-and-a-half years and DFID has done annual reviews by sending independent consultants. DFID was a pivotal supporter of Yegna, Solome noted, and further stressed that there were also other Yegna partners. According to Solome, Yegna would look for like-minded international organizations for funding while exploring local funding options, like corporate social responsibility (CSR) of companies like Ethiopian Airlines.

January 16, 2017 20:16 UTC

Ethiopian Premier Accuses Allana Potash of Tax Evasion

Ethiopian Premier Accuses Allana Potash of Tax EvasionJanuary 16, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Monday accused Allana Potash, the Canadian company which was engaged in potash mineral exploration and development project in the Afar Regional State, of tax evasion, according to Reporter. Allana Potash, which was listed in the Toronto Stock Exchange through its subsidiary company Allana Potash Afar, was prospecting for potash deposit in the Danakil Depression in North East Ethiopia for more than six years and spent tens of millions of dollars on the exploration project. Following the acquisition of Allana Potash, ICL applied to the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas to transfer the mining license of Allana to ICL. Before the mining license transfer was made the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) claimed Allana Potash Afar to pay some 55 million dollars in tax. The tax claim includes the withholding and VAT tax arrears, which was supposed to be paid by Allana, and capital gain tax for the acquisition of Allana.

January 16, 2017 20:00 UTC

Ethiopia to Start Electronic Coffee Trading in Three Towns

Ethiopia to Start Electronic Coffee Trading in Three TownsJanuary 16, 2017 - Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Marketing Development Authority is set to start electronic coffee trading in three towns as of the end of this Ethiopian fiscal year. Preparations are underway to launch the electronic markets in Hawassa, Nekemte and Humera towns, said Sani Redi, director general of the authority. The electronic trading creates a faster and more efficient platform for traders, he said. According to Sani, the electronic market in Humera town will also include trading of sesame. (FBC)Back

January 16, 2017 19:46 UTC

World Bank Grants USD 24mln for Two Ethiopian Universities

World Bank Grants USD 24mln for Two Ethiopian UniversitiesJanuary 16, 2017 - The World Bank has granted a 24 million US dollars support for Addis Ababa and Haremaya universities to help them establish centers of excellence. Both universities were selected to be East and South African centers of excellence after competing with other African universities. Hence, Addis Ababa University (AAU) will open three and Haremaya University (HU) one center of excellence. The World Bank provided 6 million US dollars for the establishment of each center. In a related development, AAU and the European Union (EU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week, to extend partnership and promote collaboration in the areas of education and academic research.

January 16, 2017 19:46 UTC

Cars Too Expensive in Ethiopia

He is looking to buy a second-hand car imported from the Gulf states or Europe - but even they are prohibitively expensive because the government classifies cars as luxury goods. It seems little wonder that Ethiopia has the world's lowest rate of car ownership, with only two cars per 1,000 inhabitants, according to a 2014 Deloitte report. Henok Demessew, who has been running a car import and sales business in the capital, blames taxation. "If it was not for that, we would have been able to import better cars either from Europe or America. In 2016, government records show that 110,000 cars were imported to Ethiopia, an increase of more than 50% on the previous two years.

January 16, 2017 19:30 UTC

Madagascar to Join Ethiopian’s Vast Intra-African Network

Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, is pleased to announce that it will add Antananarivo, Madagascar to its network as of 28 March 2017. NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 16, 2017 / EINPresswire.com / -- Madagascar will join the ever expanding Ethiopian network of 95 worldwide destinations.Antananarivo is the capital and the largest city of Madagascar. Having started serving Africa seven decades ago with our motto “Bringing Africa Closer”, we are now continually enhancing our services and working to “Connect Africa to the World”. Moreover, travelers from Madagascar will be seamlessly connected with Ethiopian ever-expanding network across five continents. For more information about Ethiopian Airlines, visit www.ethiopianairlines.com About EthiopianEthiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa.

January 16, 2017 17:04 UTC

Burundi's troop withdrawal leaves Somalia's security hard hit

The Burundian government has instructed its Foreign and Defence Ministries to start the withdrawal of its troops from the African Union (AU) force fighting militants in Somalia. The withdrawal threat largely over the non payment of troops was made months back. Burundi is the second largest contributor to AMISOM the AU intervention force fighting al-Shabab insurgents in Somalia. Ethiopia have flatly denied that the withdrawal of troops funded by their government is linked to internal anti-government crisis. AMISOM troop contributing countries include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

January 16, 2017 14:19 UTC

Ethiopian cargo terminal set for operation by April ‘17

Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Terminal, which is under construction currently, has reached 82 per cent completion and it is scheduled to be operation by April 2017, the African carrier said. The first phase of the Addis Ababa terminal cost around US$150 million, according to a report by Ethiopian News Agency. The terminal will have an capacity of 1.2 million tonnes of cargo including facilities for perishable goods. That plan includes expansion of its freighter network to eighteen aircraft serving 37 international cargo destinations by 2025. “At Ethiopian, we are very proud of the new heights Ethiopian has flown in the year,” Gebremariam said.

January 16, 2017 00:47 UTC



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