Addis Ababa March 7, 2017 Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said the infrastructural development in Ethiopia is commendable.
The first Ethiopia-Malawi Joint Cooperation Commission meeting was held at Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi, yesterday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malawi, Francis Kasaila said on the occasion that Ethiopia is Malawi’s main partner in the Horn of Africa.
The basis of Ethiopia’s fast economy growth, which has won worldwide recognition, is the implementation of its policy designed to ensure development, the minister noted.
The nation has been registering significant progress in the transport sector in general and in air transport in particular, he added.
According to Kasaila, the installation of infrastructure would help the country continue on its development course.
A press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that senior experts drawn from 7 sectoral offices in Ethiopia have taken part in the meeting held in Malawi.
Ethiopia and Malawi established diplomatic relations in 1960.
Addis Ababa March 7, 2017 Ethiopia's year-on-year inflation rose by 0.8 percent in February, the Ethiopian Statistics Agency announced.
The inflation rate for the month of February has risen to 7.0 percent from 6.1 percent in the previous month.
The rise in the inflation came due to the increase in the price of food items. Food inflation has risen to 7.8 percent from 5.0 percent in January.
But, non-food inflation has dropped to 6.2 percent from the 7.4 percent in the previous month, according to Ethiopian statistics agency.
Addis Ababa March 7, 2017 The United Nations aviation body, ICAO, adopted new aircraft emissions to curb the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate.
The standard will apply to new aircraft type designs from 2020 and to aircraft type designs already in-production as of 2023, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) disclosed.
The President of the ICAO Council, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, called the decision “pioneering.”
“Air transport is the first industry sector globally to adopt a CO2 emissions design certification standard,” Mr. Aliu said.
The decision by the 36-member states of the ICAO Council follows a move last October to curb carbon emissions from passenger and cargo airplanes as of 2020 through a carbon offset mechanism, which is voluntary until 2027.
The ICAO Secretary General, Fang Liu, said the accomplishment is “historic” and places aviation in “an even better position as we look forward to a greener era of air transport development”, according to UN News Center.
Addis Ababa March 7, 2017 The government and stakeholders were urged to integrate efforts in solving the challenges the Bale Mountains National Park has been facing.
A consultative forum on the future of the park is currently underway in Bishoftu.
Addressing the consultative meeting, Director-General of Ethiopian Wildlife Development and Conservation Authority, Dawed Mume, said Bale Mountains National Park is a pioneering park in its ecosystem and social economic significance not only in Ethiopia but also in Africa.
The park is however exposed to danger as many people in 3 kebeles are settled within the park, he added.
The huge numbers of cattle that graze in the park and other problems have also posed threat to endemic birds and mammals as well as plants.
According to the director-general, a 10-year comprehensive management plan composed of five programs was designed and the public as well as stakeholders are discussing the document.
The document was submitted for final inputs to the consultative forum, he elaborated.
In 2008, Bale Mountains National Park was provisionally registered at UNESCO heritage, it was learned.
The director-general revealed that the park, however, fell short of formal registration due to failure to effectively carry out the necessary works; adding that this has been raised by inhabitants of Bale Zone and the Oromos in general as a manifestation of lack of good governance.
He further claimed that the park area is now demarcated with the participation of the community and legal frameworks have been put in place to ensure the legal status of the park.
Analysis on the physical and biological make up of the park has already been completed, the director mentioned.
Manager of Bale Mountains National Park, Shamil Kedir said that the shortfalls in the park are far greater than they appear to be and need urgent response.
Schools and health facilities that constructed for the three kebeles in the park area should either be removed or allowed to continue without jeopardizing the state of flora and fauna in the park, he stressed.
More than 750,000 animals are using the park as a grazing field.
Over the previous year, proliferation of wildfires and rabies among the wide animals has resulted in the death of 100 endemic Red foxes. To date, the director- general added that only 450 Red Fox species live in the park, indicating the extent of the damage perpetrated on wild life in the area.
A consortium of NGOs organized to raise 5 million Euros to engage in projects which included capacity building, research, and community empowerment, technical, logistics and financial support, has been working, it was pointed out.
Bale Mountains National Park was established in 1970 and is home to rare and endemic animals like Red Fox, Bale Ape, Highland Gazelles, Menelik’s Kudu and some 20 mammals and 160 kinds of flora and some 6 endemic birds.
Addis Ababa March 7, 2017 Enhancing women’s involvement in agricultural development generates positive impacts beyond the lives of individual women with benefits felt across entire communities and nations, according to a report.
The report issued by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) said addressing constraints holding back Africa’s women farmers and entrepreneurs is critical in ensuring household food security.
Gender inequality is a recurring feature of many agricultural production systems across the wheat-growing regions of Africa, and women farmers often lack access to credit, land, and other inputs.
This has resulted in limited adoption of new innovations, low productivity and income, and a missed opportunity to enhance household food security and prosperity.
Action research to integrate women beneficiaries into the SARD-SC project in Sudan, Nigeria, and Ethiopia has helped identify actions and approaches that can be applied more widely to enhance women’s integration within diverse wheat production systems.
The main objectives of the project include increasing women’s income generation and contributions to food security, while addressing structural inequalities in access to inputs and services such as information, training, and microcredit.
The awareness of key stakeholders such as farmer associations, national research centers, lending institutions, and private seed companies regarding the role that women can play as wheat grain and seed producers has also increased.
In addition, innovative approaches to value addition were implemented and participating institutions gained new experience regarding how to integrate rural women effectively into their programming.
Insights gained from the work can benefit efforts to address gender inequity elsewhere, generating benefits for women, households, and entire communities through increased food security and poverty alleviation, as well as more informed and inclusive decision-making in local agriculture, the report indicated.
Addis Ababa March 7, 2017 The government is striving for an effective and speedy delivery of food and non-food items including fodder for livestock to the 5.6 million people affected by the drought, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, the Deputy PM noted that the government is currently focusing on delivery of potable water, food and fodder for livestock and provision of health services for human and livestock population.
Food requirement for this year includes a carryover of needy population from the previous year and new drought affected populations in southern and eastern part of the country.
Below average rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole and La Niña have led to new symptoms of drought.
The government has allocated 47 million USD to mitigate the drought in the affected areas.
According to him, the government is implementing a strategy that would help to avoid human loss and maintain, as much as possible, the livestock population.
The drought is severe in parts of the affected areas especially in the regional state of Ethiopian Somali; the lowlands of Borena, Bale and Gujji zones of Oromia regional state; and South Omo zone of the SNNP.
The Deputy Premier added that the drought response programs are being conducted without affecting the ongoing development programs that are currently underway in the country.
It was recalled that the number of people who need emergency aid has declined to 5.6 million from 10.2 million last year, showing a 44 percent decrease.
The number of people affected by the drought could decline further if the belg rains start this month.