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World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, FAO report warns

6 Mar

Editor’s Note:

    The future Trends of food and and challenges, FAO’s 180-page report mentions Ethiopia five times. These span from growth in R&D spending by 2.3 percent to falling hunger from its 1990 level to halving the proportion of undernourished in the population. However the report makes it clear “three-fifths of the world’s extremely poor are concentrated in Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Nigeria. These countries along with five others, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Pakistan and the United Republic of Tanzania, account for more than 70 percent of the extremely poor” on our planet.

    Another point highlighted by the report is the role of genetically modified organism (GMO) in agriculture and the controversy surrounding its suitability to human, animal health and the environment. The authors’ recommendation, as approved by the FAO, is to zero in on evaluating the potential risks and benefits on a case-by-case basis.
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“የጋምቤላ የደን ምንጣሮና የማያባራው ውዝግብ”: ጠ/ሚ ተብየው በፓሪሱ ስብሰባ ራሱን አካባቢ ተንከባካቢ አስመስሎ የለሙትን ሃገሮች “ኃላፊነት በጐደለው መንገድ” ጎዱን በማለት ብዙ ዶላር አምጡ ሲል፣ የአገዛዙን አፍራሽና ጠላታዊነት ምን ዐይነት ካሣ ኢትዮጵያውያን ያስከፍሉት?

2 Dec

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    ከድህነትና ድንቁርና ጎን ዛሬ ዋናው ኢትዮጵያን እየጎዳት ያለው የሕወሃት አስተዳደር የሕዝብ መብቶችን ለማክበር ፈቃደኝናትና ለሕግ ተገዥነት አለመኖር ናቸው። ተጨማሪዎቹ የድርጅቱ የፖለቲካ ብልግናና፣ ለመሬትና ንብረት ያለው ስግብግብነት ናቸው። በኦሮሚያ ትምህርት ቤቶችና ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች የሚካሄደው ድብደባና ጭፍጨፋም ከዚህ ጋር የተያያዘ ነው።
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COP21: Ready or not, drought tests Ethiopia, while regime’s cover-ups contradict naked reality of hunger building mini palaces @$1.3 mil each for retiring senior officials

27 Nov

Editor’s Note:

Trying to change the image of famine that has become Ethiopia’s marker is understandable and noble. Thus locking the gate on drought and famine once and for all with modern drought-resistance agriculture and improved human capabilities is reliable solution; today or tomorrow it is the right answer, not covering it up with lies and shenanigans. That is why today’s TPLF approach solely propaganda is unacceptable.
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How bad is the drought in Ethiopia? A must-read persuasive perspective

19 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
By Ben Parker

Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Extra imports to stem the crisis are already pegged at more than a million tonnes of grain, beyond the government’s means. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it?
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Is EPRDF Council on-going session truly dominated by motley of Ethiopia’s problems, or the party’s?

10 Sep

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin, posted by The Ethiopia Observatory


    It is reported that the Council finished its meetings Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, it has not decided to tell the public anything new. The brief news items spoke of the usual stuff about GTE and problems of bad governance. In the case of the latter, it stressed the need for serious efforts to change the situation, according to Fana.



At such an important moment for Ethiopians, when the nation is preparing to greet its Year 2006, the country’s ruling party has been in session for three days now. We are told that the council is deliberating, among others, on good governance issues. By definition, it means that the TPLF/EPRDF is discussing its own record of failures in delivering the services the nation has been in need of and demanding, without much success this far.
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Balancing Water, Food, Energy Key to Post-2015 Goals – UNDP Administrator

21 Feb

By Julie Mollins AlertNet

Global development goals due to replace current anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 could be unified by a concept that calls for an integrated view of economic growth and development, said Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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‘We Have Concerns About the Construction of Ethiopian Dam’: Egypt’s Minister

24 Sep

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Dr. Mohamed Bahaa eddin on 22/9/2012 said that Egypt is still having concerns about the construction of Ethiopia’s dam due to its quantum storage capacity. He confirmed that Ethiopia is yet to start with the construction of he dam.

Meanwhile, he noted that the Ethiopian foreign ministry assured Egypt and Sudan that in case there was any impact on their water quota due to the dam other projects will be carried out to collect lost water and cover shortage.

Source: SIS

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World Bank ignores protestors’ pleas and approves loans for Kenya-Ethiopia power line

13 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Possible image of wiring along the Ethio-Kenya landscape

Notwithstanding the protests over financing of power project between Ethiopia and Kenya, known as the Eastern Electricity Highway Project, the World Bank went ahead on Thursday and approved loans totaling $684 million.

Its opponents fear it would threaten the lives of indigenous peoples of the Omo Valley and the Lake Turkana area.
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