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Thursday, September 18, 2014

ከአቢሲኒያ ባንክ ፕሬዚዳንትነታቸው የለቀቁት አቶ አዲሱ ሃባ የደቡብ ግሎባል ባንክ ፕሬዚዳንት ሆነው እንዲያገለግሉ የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ባንክ ፈቀደ፡፡
አቶ አዲሱ ከአቢሲኒያ ባንክ በቅርቡ ከለቀቁ በኋላ የደቡብ ግሎባል ባንክ ፕሬዚዳንት እንዲሆኑ ባንኩ ለብሔራዊ ባንክ ባመላከተው መሠረት፣ ሹመታቸውን በማፅደቁ ሥራቸውን በይፋ መጀመራቸው ታውቋል፡፡
አቶ አዲሱ ከአቢሲኒያ ባንክ የሥራ መልቀቂያ በማስገባት የተሰናበቱ ሲሆን፣ አቢሲኒያ ባንክም 500 ሺሕ ብር ሸልሟቸው እንደሸኛቸው ይታወሳል፡፡ 
የአቶ አዲሱን ሹመት እንዲቀበል የደቡብ ግሎባል ባንክ ብሔራዊ ባንክን በደብዳቤ ከመጠየቁ ቀደም ብሎ፣ የደቡብ ግሎባል ባንክን በፕሬዚዳንትነት ሲመሩ የቆዩት አቶ ወርቁ ለማ ከሥራ መልቀቃቸው መዘገባችን አይዘነጋም፡፡ 
አቶ ወርቁ ከኃላፊነት መነሳት በፈቃደኝነት ላይ የተመሠረተ ነው ቢባልም፣ አንዳንድ ወገኖች ግን ከቦርዱ ጋር በተፈጠረ ያለመግባባት ነው ይላሉ፡፡ ብሔራዊ ባንክ እንዲህ ያሉ ሹመቶችን ለማፅደቅ ጊዜ የሚወስድበት ቢሆንም፣ የአቶ አዲሱን ሹመት ሁለት ሳምንት ባልሞላ ጊዜ ውስጥ አፅድቆታል፡፡ 
አቶ አዲሱ ከአቢሲኒያ ባንክ በለቀቁ በጥቂት ሳምንት ልዩነት የሌላ ተፎካካሪ ባንክ ፕሬዚዳንት መሆናቸው፣ በባንክ ኢንዱስትሪው ውስጥ የባለሙያዎች መነጣጠቅን ያሳያል የሚል አስተያየትም የሚሰጡ አሉ፡፡
ይህ በእንዲህ እንዳለ አቶ አዲሱ የደቡብ ግሎባል ባንክ ፕሬዚዳንት በመሆናቸው ምክንያት የኢትዮጵያ ባንኮች ማኅበር ፕሬዚዳንትነታቸውን እንዲቀጥሉ ያስችላቸዋል፡፡   

Will the modest pineapple help Ethiopian smallholders break into the country’s booming food markets? A start-up in Sidama Zone is counting on it.


To meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the world is going to have to ‘act local’. This story is an example of that. It’s about hardships faced by farmers in Sidama, one of Ethiopia’s leading coffee-producing zone, which lies south of the capital, Addis Ababa, and in the country’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and People region.
Farmers and farming systemsin the once extremely fertile midland regionhere are stressed by an increasing human population. A high proportion of children here are malnourished and the farming systems are still more subsistence- than market-oriented. With the rise of Ethiopian markets for cash crops and dairy products, farmers here are specializing in such crops as coffee and chat, which are replacing the region’s traditional food crops like ‘Enset’ (Enset vetricosum).
A modest, unlikely vehicle for farmers here to make ends meet is the pineapple, which was introduced about 50 years ago. Pineapples should do well here, where the warm climate and soils suit the plant. Although pineapples can fruit throughout the year, in Sidama, the peak harvests are from April to May and October to November.
Because pineapple farming is limited to just a few districts in Ethiopia and is grown by just a few producers, the pineapple value chain is underdeveloped in the country. Among constraints faced by pineapple farmers are lack of planting materials, little knowledge of optimal production practices and inadequate marketing system.
After many months of planning, Grounds for Health’s Ethiopia program kicks off this month with the first set of community and clinical trainings on cervical cancer prevention.
If successful, these activities will make Wonsho the first rural district in all of Ethiopia to offer ongoing cervical cancer prevention services.
On September 1, field staff Abiy Semunigus and Ashenafi Argata formally took their posts as Community Coordinator and Program Coordinator, respectively. Starting this week (September 15), they will be joined by US-based program managers Kyle Engelman and Ariel Delaney along with nurse practitioner Susan Hollinger and two clinical volunteers.
The trainings will take place in the heart of the coffee-growing region—in Wonsho district of Sidama zone—and will conclude with a four-day screen-and-treat campaign serving approximately 250 women. If successful, these activities will make Wonsho the first rural district in all of Ethiopia to offer ongoing cervical cancer prevention services.
The eventual goal? Eliminating cervical cancer in Ethiopia. It is no small task, but with the help of our partners, the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Ferro Co-op, and the Wonsho and Sidama Health officers, we are confident that this month’s activities will set us on the path towards success.
Source: http://www.groundsforhealth.org/2014/09/grounds-for-health-ethiopia-launches/ 
This gorgeous coffee from Sidama has already become one of my favorites of the year. This lot is grown at ridiculously high elevations above 2000 meters & consists of heirloom cultivars. It's been carefully processed and prepped at the Haraicho station and the cup is just plain lovely. 

Expect fragrances of jasmine and bergamot, aromas leading into more toast and orange marmalade. In the cup it's got caramel for days and an exotic blend of flavors like pineapple, black tea, grapefruit, cherry juice. 

Overall expect an enduring softness to this cup, with many of these notes taking on a more supportive role to the central milk chocolate sweetness this coffee has to offer.

It performs particularly well on filter, but will make a light, vibrant espresso as well.

http://rubycoffeeroasters.com/products/ethiopia-sidama-aleta-wondo



The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has announced that it is going to recruit electoral officers for the national elections due to be held in 2015.
The electoral officers to be recruited could be people who took part in previous elections or totally new to the task, according to Wendimu Gola, services and relations deputy head at the Office of the Board.
The recruitment will mainly focus on youth and women. The plan is to make one in every three electoral offices at each constituency a woman, he said.
According to the head, the recruitment will be carried out in extreme care in a bid to get impartial people. This will help the Board conduct free, fair and democratic elections.
The 2015 elections, which are the fifth national elections of the country, are expected to be more successful because of best lessons learned from the past elections, Wendimu said.
Trainings have been given to stakeholders including youth, women, civic societies and the media to make the elections successful.
The Board has also engaged in preparing logistics and materials essential for the election, Biruk Wendwesen, planning and preparation expert at the Office said.
Printing of documents including forms, registration cards and others is being undertaken. It is the Board's expectation that the printing of major documents will be finalized this month.
Source: allAfrica.com

The hills of Chencha in southern Ethiopia, over 3,700m above sea level, are not a place where you might expect the Irish potato to be thriving underground.
There are about 1,000,000 potato farmers in Ethiopia but historically.
However, the seed that has been available to farmers is poor quality and therefore production is poor.
Farming practices are traditional, which means harvests are far below what Irish potato farmers reap. There is also little focus on tackling diseases such as blight
However, the Irish potato and Irish agricultural expertise are now being used to change all of this, through a highly innovative program.
Ireland exports almost 90% of food produced and that is thanks to the massive modernization program led by the Irish Government.
Ireland has one state body called Teagasc under the Department of Agriculture, which supports farmers with research, advisory services and training.
Teagasc has acquired international renown for its innovation and support to farmers.
Teagasc itself has been greatly supported by American Universities and Science bodies over the past thirty years.
Now in turn Teagasc wants to share this know-how with African partners.
Working with Irish development agency Vita and the Potato Centre of Excellence in Ethiopia is making that ambition a reality.
In 2012 Teagasc partnered with Vita and Wageninen in Holland to set up a three PhD research program in Southern Ethiopia.
Three Ethiopian Masters Degree students have spent the last two years living with potato farmers to introduce new ways of growing and storing potato and to observe how farmers adopt these new ways.
Teagasc is not only working on potato but also with dairy farmers in Eritrea, again with Vita. Teagasc will sign an agreement with the Irish Government's international aid agency, Irish Aid, to bring its expertise to different agriculture areas in Africa and really make a difference.
The Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle, shows unstinting commitment to sharing Teagasc know-how. "Teagasc and Ireland have had unique success and we are passionate about enabling Africa to have similar success and not to have to wait for generations".
Teagasc expertise, alongside that of the scientists from the World Potato Centre based in Peru, makes Vita's potato program a winner.
Farmers are getting THREE times more potato from their small one acre fields, enough to eat and sell the extra.
There are also risks in growing potato as Ireland learned so painfully when blight destroyed all the crops in the country causing millions to perish in the Great Famine.
Teagasc are presently bringing expertise to help Vita fight an outbreak of bacterial wilt, which threatens the food security of farmers.
The three PhD students are inspired living with poor farmers by the impact of the Irish potato. "Children are able to eat up to ten potatoes in one meal" said Yenenesh Tewolde who comes from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. "Just to see the children flourish and the parents earn money from the extra crops makes all our research so rewarding".
Considering that Vita and its partners intend to support over one million farmers in the coming years means that there will be many more inspiring stories of change from hunger to prosperity, thanks to the Irish Potato.
Source: allAfrica.com
[Awramba Times Exclusive]  – Why did police block the premiere of an Ethiopian film produced by an American Oscar-winning actress and filmmaker, Angelina Jolie? Awramba Times presents the banning letter of the federal high court.
According to the court warrant, the sole reason behind the banning drama of the premiere is that because of a lawsuit filed by the story owner, Aberash  Bekele.Click here to read