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The Improved Seed Irony: Shoving by politics & ruling party in seeds business

2 Feb

Editor’s Note:

    Ethiopia is back to square one, when it comes to the supply of and trade in agricultural inputs, when TPLF companies and cadres monopolized the inputs business.
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Ethiopia finally is headlong into new ‘improved’ seeds; do they call them GMOs?

14 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Andualem Sisay Gessesse, The East African

Gadisa Gobena, 68, first worked as a teacher of agriculture in high school during the Derg Regime in Ethiopia. He then served in agriculture related positions in government before securing a scholarship from America’s Illinois State University to study agronomy.
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Ethiopia banks on seeds to boost food security, says Reuters: What seeds? Why ruling party in seeds & other input business? Land issues?

30 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Reuters’ story: Ethiopia banks on seeds to boost food security

Ethiopia has introduced a programme to improve food security that combines scientific knowledge with local know how, as new community-based seed banks and training centres try to help farmers meet their basic needs and increase agricultural output.
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TPLF sneaks into Ethiopia’s seeds market, jeopardizing food security goal merely to ensure its continuity in power & privilege

29 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The empty and or misleading propaganda of ruling party political cadres’ aside, Ethiopia has only come a short distance from their party congress of early 2013 in Bahir Dar to this moment to boast about the transformed Ethiopian agriculture.
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Addis Fortune editorial: Liberalizing agricultural input market vital to reversing productivity decline

3 Jul
Liberalising Agricultural Input Market Vital to Reversing Productivity Decline

Liberalising Agricultural Input Market Vital to Reversing Productivity Decline

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

As the EPRDFites were preparing to convene at Bahir Dar – the beautiful lakeside capital of the Amhara Region – the policy environment was tense with so much uncertainty. Pundits proclaimed for the conflict of interests to overshadow pertinent political and economic problems, which demanded the attention of the Revolutionary Democrats. To their disapproval, however, the EPRDFites limited the whole discussion within the bounds of the policy expectations.
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Ethiopia: From endangered tomatoes to shrinking potatoes

2 Jul
    Editor’s Note:

    The Central Statistics Agency (CSA) estimates that for the 2012/2013 Meher season, 74,934.57ha of land has been covered with potatoes and 1.6 million private farmers expect 8.6 million quintals of the produce. In terms of area size, the current cultivated land is higher by 26 percent over the previous season and the estimated output higher by 26 percent.
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