“A ‘business-as-usual’ approach could be disastrous for the Ethiopia coffee economy in the long-term,” said Justin Moat, a professor at the University of Nottingham and lead author of the study. Coffee areas that once flourished are in decline, dozens of farmers told the researchers over the course of a three-year investigation. One of the country’s best known coffee regions, Harar, is likely to disappear before the end of the century, the study forecast. The study calculates that must move up in elevation some 32 metres per decade “to keep pace with .” Currently, coffee is grown between 1,200 and 2,200 metres (4,000 and 7,200 feet). Climate models projecting changes driven by across all 16 of Ethiopia’s coffee growing regions matched the historical data, bolstering confidence in their accuracy.
June 19, 2017 20:03 UTC
Local residents of Harlaa in Eastern Ethiopia believe that their land was once occupied by giants. During a recent excavation in Harlaa, archaeologists did not uncover any evidence of colossal inhabitants. These remarkable finds suggest that Harlaa, a region long overlooked by archaeologists, was once a thriving center of trade. “This discovery revolutionizes our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia,” University of Exeter professor Timothy Insoll, who led the excavation, says in a statement. “What we have found shows this area was the center of trade in that region,” Insoll continues.
June 19, 2017 19:07 UTC
Conversely, as temperatures rise and rainfall decreases, suitable coffee growing lands in Ethiopia could increase if coffee production is moved to higher elevations, combined with forest conservation and restoration, according to the published study results. A renowned coffee origin in terms of quality, Ethiopia is the world’s fifth largest coffee producer by volume, and Africa’s largest coffee exporter. However, as much of Ethiopia’s coffee is grown by smallholder producers, relocating coffeelands would be no simple task, as many might have to diversify away from coffee, while others would need to try growing coffee for the first time. “On the basis of the study we now have a clear vision of what needs to be done to make the Ethiopian coffee sector climate resilient, at least until the end of this century,” Davis said. “The sector has the potential to increase production, even under climate change.
June 19, 2017 17:37 UTC
Ethiopia’s highlands also host a unique treasure trove of wild coffee varieties, meaning new flavour profiles and growing traits could be lost before having been discovered. But climate change is coffee’s greatest long-term threat, killing plantations or reducing bean quality and allowing the deadly coffee leaf rust fungus to thrive. It found that 40-60% of today’s coffee growing areas in Ethiopia would be unsuitable by the end of the century under a range of likely warming scenarios. “The coffee farmers of Ethiopia are really on the frontline [of climate change] – they are the people who will pay the price first. In the longer term, the only truly sustainable solution is to combat the root causes of climate change.”
June 19, 2017 15:00 UTC
The United Kingdom (UK) has earmarked £90 million in humanitarian aid to Somalia and Ethiopia. Somalia is to get two-thirds of the amount (£60 million) whiles Ethiopia gets the remaining £30 million. The aid package was announced by the UK’s Development Secretary, Priti Patel who was in Somalia on June 19 after visiting Ethiopia. DFID_UK Minister meets humanitarian workers delivering life-saving UK aid for children affected by drought #ukaidinaction. pic.twitter.com/bplg5nef67 — UK in Somalia (UKinSomalia) June 19, 2017The UK recently hosted an international conference on Somalia, the London Somalia Summit was organized under the auspices of the UK and the United Nations as part of efforts to put Somalia back of track.
June 19, 2017 12:14 UTC
This support has been integral to preventing starvation in Somalia and Ethiopia, but the risk is far from over. I’ve seen UK aid in action, doing what it does best – saving and changing lives. While in the country, Ms Patel saw crates of UK aid ready to be loaded onto aircraft at Mogadishu airport, to reach people across the country. This includes £60 million in new funding for Somalia, and a £30 million allocation for Ethiopia. Priti Patel visited a food distribution centre in Ethiopia to see first-hand how UK aid is supporting people at risk of hunger and to meet the UK aid workers on the front line.
June 19, 2017 10:52 UTC
Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Wants to Leave Real MadridJune 18, 2017 - Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly told Zinedine Zidane he wants transfer amid links to Manchester United and Chelsea, according to Metro UK. Zinedine Zidane begged Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Real Madrid in a recent personal plea to the attacker over the phone, reports say. Spanish Radio Cope claim Zidane spoke to Ronaldo directly after reports emerged he had told Real he wants a summer exit. Ronaldo is reportedly furious at allegations he has committed tax fraud and has been upset by the lack of backing he has received from the club. Ronaldo reportedly told Zidane he feels like he his being treated like a ‘delinquent’ and hit out at the media coverage of the tax investigation.
June 19, 2017 09:45 UTC
Tension Rises Between Djibouti and Eritrea Following Qatar Forces DepatureJune 19, 2017 - A decades-long border dispute in the Doumeira region that, on occasion, had turned violent, was dampened in 2010 when the two sides agreed to let Qatar mediate. Both Djibouti and Eritrea have good relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and have taken their side in the Gulf row. After the UN Security Council requested both sides withdraw from the area, Qatar stepped in to mediate and deploy peacekeepers. The AU said it was "ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalise their relations and promote good neighbourliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments". "Djibouti is a peaceful country and we have prioritised diplomatic solutions, but if Eritrea insists in seeking military solutions, Djibouti is ready for that," Youssouf said.
June 19, 2017 05:48 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, June 18 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has called for calm in the border dispute between the two red sea nations of Eritrea and Djibouti, with which it shares common border. Ethiopia views its access to Djiboutian ports, through which about 95 percent of its external trade passes through, as a national security issue, raising fears the Eritrea-Djibouti border dispute could turn into a conflict involving Ethiopia. Djibouti has appealed to the AU and UNSC to resolve the border dispute, while accusing Eritrea of moving its troops to the disputed territory. A border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti resulted in armed clashes in June 2008, leaving several people dead from both sides. A mediation effort led by the Gulf Kingdom of Qatar in 2010 led to a Qatari peacekeeping force being stationed in the Eritrea-Djibouti border.
June 19, 2017 02:23 UTC
By Tim HepherPARIS (Reuters) - Low-cost carrier Viva Air Peru looked close to reaching a roughly $5 billion deal with Airbus for medium-haul jets on Sunday, as Western planemakers seek to defy expectations of slow sales at this year's Paris Airshow. Viva Air Peru, which won an operating license earlier this year, is owned by Irelandia Aviation. Bloomberg News reported that Ethiopian Airlines might order wide-body Airbus A350 aircraft worth $3 billion at list prices. Industry sources say leasing companies Air Lease Corp and Chinese lessor ICBC are hunting for deals and may order aircraft including Airbus A320neos. European airlines group IAG could split an engine order to go with its new A320neo fleet, picking Pratt & Whitney to power Airbus A320neo aircraft for its Vueling subsidiary and CFM to provide engines for British Airways.
June 18, 2017 19:41 UTC
Ethiopian Embassy in the United Kingdom says eight British nationals of Ethiopian origin are still missing in the inferno that engulfed a high rise apartment in London. In a statement posted on its website and twitter handle, the embassy said, “express its deepest sympathy to all those who have been affected by the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, Latimer Road, London. ”According to BBC news, They are mother and son Brkite and Biruk Haftom, and Hashim Kidir, his wife and their three children. The police say that at the moment there is no evidence that the blaze was started deliberately. This has hit home because we know these families ” said Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK Hailemichael Aberra Aferwork after visiting some of those affected.
June 18, 2017 17:30 UTC
Dubai: Two maids have been cleared of stealing Dh4,000 from the handbag of their sponsor shortly after he took his wife and went out of his house in the afternoon. The Emirati sponsor took his wife and went out one afternoon at 12.30pm and when he returned to his residence, he found out that his two Ethiopian maids had absconded in February. Upon checking out if the maids had taken anything from their belongings, the Emirati realised that the maids had taken their own passports and Dh4,000 from his bag. Citing lack of corroborated evidence, the Dubai Court of First acquitted the two women of stealing Dh4,000 from their sponsor. The Emirati sponsor alleged to prosecutors the incident happened when he took his wife out and returned at 5.30pm.
June 18, 2017 13:52 UTC
Djibouti Opens New Port for Ethiopia Potash ExportsJune 17, 2017 - Djibouti on Thursday inaugurated a new port that will serve as the main gateway for potash exports from neighouring Ethiopia, the second of four new ports that will boost the tiny Horn of Africa nation's position as a continental hub, according to Reuters. Built at a cost of $90 million, the port has capacity of 4 million tonnes of potash a year. The new infrastructure will supplement the country's main port in Djibouti City, which handles roughly 95 percent of the inbound trade for landlocked Ethiopia, Africa's second most-populous nation. Djibouti Port mainly handles goods from Asia, representing nearly 60 percent of traffic that increased by 20 percent to 5.7 million tonnes in 2015. Another port designed for salt exports will also open this month.
June 17, 2017 08:48 UTC
The Ethiopia government says eight British nationals with Ethiopian origin are still missing in an inferno that engulfed a high rise residential apartment in London. The Ethiopian Embassy in the United Kingdom (UK) through its Twitter handle had on Thursday confirmed that a number of Ethiopians were among the casualties. An updated statement issued on Friday, June 16, provided details of some of the missing persons. The Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK, Hailemichael Aberra Afework visited families of the affected persons to offer the government’s support. The head of London’s fire service said in nearly 30 years of service, he’d never seen anything like this.
June 17, 2017 01:52 UTC
The Land of Origins, Ethiopia has been voted the World’s Most Welcoming Country by global followers of Rough Guides. NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, June 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Land of Origins, Ethiopia has been voted the World’s Most Welcoming Country by global followers of Rough Guides; one of the leading travel publishers known for its “tell it like it is” review; providing traveler’s up-to-date content and authoritative contemporary writing. I invite all my fellow citizens of this beautiful country of ours to thank our guests for their vote. Let me take this opportunity to invite international tourists to include Ethiopia in their immediate travel plan. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.
June 16, 2017 18:00 UTC