| Ethiopia Loses $840M Due to Post Harvest Losses - Jimma University
February 10, 2018 - A research conducted by Jimma University revealed that Ethiopia loses over 840 million US dollar from the post harvest loss of four crops. The study shows that there is a high loss of products /yields/ in Ethiopia in quantity and in quality so that it will affect the country’s economy.
Post harvest professor at Jimma University and leader of the study team Ali Mehamed said that the study focusing on reasons of post harvest loss and the solutions was conducted on wheat, maize, Sorghum and Haricot beans.
The study has covered 14 woredas of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern regional states and engaged farmers, harveste
| Ethiopia Drafts Regulation for Drone Use
February 2, 2018 - Ethiopia is drafting a drone regulation that enables it to license drones and control its operation. “There are has been an increased drone activity in the country. Drones are posing threats to aviation safety and security in the world. Drones can easily be operated anywhere and can be used for various purposes. In other parts of the world there have been reports of drone collisions with commercial aircraft,” said Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) director, Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw (Col.)
Ethiopia like many other countries has not yet introduced a drone regulation. However, individuals and businesses are importi
| Whereabouts of 2,273 Adopted Ethiopian Children Unknown – Government
February 2, 2018 - The Ethiopian government announced that the whereabouts of 2,273 children, adopted before 2014/15, is unknown. The government is digging deep to improve data on the thousands of Ethiopian children adopted by westerners over the years, according to Ethiopian Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
Five years ago, the adoption debate kicked into high gear when a couple was jailed in the United States after an Ethiopian girl, 13, they adopted died under unclear circumstances.
Top US celebrities are known to have adopted Ethiopian children, amongst others: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. But, even celebrities like J
| Ethiopia Cancels 400,000T Wheat Purchase Contract
January 28, 2018 - The Ethiopian government has canceled a 2.6 billion-birr wheat purchase contract. The contract was awarded to Pakistan-based Shakeel & Company for the supply of 400,000 metric tons of wheat.
The Ethiopian government cancellation came following the company’s failure to provide a performance guarantee and proceed to supply the wheat. According to the initial agreement, Shakeel is supposed to start supplying the bulk by December 2017 and finish by January 2018.
Following contract cancellation, the company will be barred from taking part in any future bidding activity in Ethiopia and i
| 7 Killed at Ethiopian Temket Festival
January 23, 2018 - Seven people were killed in northern Ethiopia, Woldiya town, when security forces clashed with youths during Temket festival. Among the dead were six worshippers and one security officer.
Angry Ethiopian protesters burned down several hotels, restaurants and shops in response to the clashes. One Ethiopian witness said that exchanges of gunfire could be heard in Woldiya until midday Sunday.
Ethiopia's Amhara region has been engulfed with widespread, violent anti-government protests for several months due to residents feeling excluded from political and economic power.
| Bekele Gerba Gets Six Months Prison Time for Court Contempt
January 11, 2018 - Bekele Gerba, one of Ethiopia’s most prominent opposition politicians, has been sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court along with three others after they sang a protest song during proceedings.The former deputy head of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, protested after the court withdrew a previous ruling requiring Ethiopia’s prime minister to appear as a defense witness.
Bekele had been arrested in December 2015 after anti-government protests erupted in parts of Ethiopia. He was charged with terrorism offenses that later were changed to criminal charges.He was among the opposition figures expected t
| Ethiopia Bans Foreign Adoptions
January 10, 2018 - After repeated repots of child abuse and neglect, the Ethiopian government announced that it has banned the adoption of children by foreigners.
Ethiopia is one of the biggest source countries for international adoptions by US citizens, accounting for about 20% of the total.Celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among those who have adopted children from Ethiopia.
However, in 2013, a US couple were convicted of killing an adopted Ethiopian girl.That case triggered a debate about foreign adoption, the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa says.
Two years ago, Denmark also co
| Court Adjourns Witness Hearing on ESLSE Former Officials
January 2, 2018 - The Federal High Court 15th criminal bench has adjourned the hearing of witnesses over the case of nine Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) officials, reports Addis Fortune. The court also received the charges of the two former deputy CEOs, Mesfin Tefera and Sisay Abaferda.
The Court has set sessions for February 14, 15, 27, 28 and the first of March, to hear the prosecutor's witnesses.
During the hearing conducted earlier this week, over the preliminary objections submitted by the accused, the Court overruled every objection as they did not substantiate the dismissal of a trial. The
| Ethiopia Allows Passengers to Import Personal Use Items Duty Free
January 2, 2018 - Ethiopia issued a directive that allows passengers to import items that are for their personal use duty free. Bochu Sintayehu, Legal Service Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, said the directive, which came into effect, permits passengers to import 351 types of items that are to be used for personal use only.
Airline passengers and those who use road transportation to enter into Ethiopia, including Ethiopian returnees and foreigners, could benefit from the new directives. They can import/ export up to 20 kilograms of food, two mobile cell phones and external hard discs, a tel
| Ethiopian Police Arrest Five Individuals over Communal Clash
December 31, 2017 - Ethiopia's Police in central Oromia regional state announced that it has arrested five individuals over communal clash. Yishak Ayana, administrator of Yayu district of Oromia regional state, said the clash left six people injured and yet unspecified material damage.
He further said police has been able to prevent the clash from escalating with the help of local community.
Yayu and neighboring districts were scenes of communal violence in October 2017 which left more than a dozen dead.
The violence involving members of the Oromo ethnic group, longtime residents of the area, and ethnic Amharas and Tigrayans,
| EU Extends €38 Million for Refugees in Ethiopia
December 13, 2017 - The European Union announced aid worth 174.4 million euros under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to support refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa region. Three new projects which will focus on creating employment opportunities and providing energy access to refugees and local populations will be implemented in Ethiopia with a total of 38.05 million euros, reports FBC
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said, “with today's (yesterday) new actions worth €174.4 million, we are stepping up our support – to protect vulnerable migrants, to create economic opportuniti
| German Tourist Killed in Afar Identified as Medical Doctor
December 10, 2017 - A German tourist, who was confirmed dead in an attack in Northeastern Ethiopia, has been identified as Walter Roepert (MD) from Aalen, Germany. The German citizen who was an ear, nose and throat specialist died on the scene while his translator survived and is said to be treated at a nearby hospital.
The incident was said to have happened near a volcanic lake at Erta Ale inside the Danakil Depression near the Eritrean border. The 63-year-old medical doctor was said to be attacked along with his tourist guide, taking pictures while he came face-to-face with armed men that shot both of them close-up. The Ethiopian gov
| Afar Regional State Gets First International Airport
December 7, 2017 - An international airport built at a cost of 450 million birr ($16.6 million) in Ethiopia’s North Eastern state, Afar regional state, inaugurated today. The airport has been named after Sultan Alimirah Anfre, former tribal leader of Afar people.
Ethiopian Minister of Transport, Ahmed Shide, Chief Administrator of Afar Regional State, Haji Seyoum Awel as well as Deputy Speaker of the House of Federation (HoF) attended the inauguration ceremony.
The airport would have a significant contribution to attract investment and link the region with the neighboring country Djibouti as well as to facilitate import-export trade, A
| German Tourist Killed in Ethiopia
December 6, 2017 - German tourist has been shot dead and a guide injured during a visit to a volcano in north-eastern Ethiopia, reports BBC. They were part of a group which had travelled to the Erta Ale volcano. It is not known who carried out the attack, but the Ethiopian government has launched an investigation.
The Afar region, which straddles the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, is known as an operating ground for several separatist groups.
Five years ago, the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Front - the most prominent of the groups - claimed responsibility for the deaths of five tourists and the abduction of four others in
| Ethiopia Unveils Refugees Integration Program
November 28, 2017 - Ethiopia launched a comprehensive Refugee Response Program (CRRF) to provide refugees with more employment and educational opportunities. According to Xinhua’s report. Ethiopia now hosts about 890,000 refugees mainly from South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia in 26 refugee camps across the country.
Commissioner of Ethiopia Investment Commission (EIC) Fitusm Arega said the Ethiopian government is working to create employment opportunities for refugees, especially in industrial parks.
"Preparations are being made to build, at a cost of 500 million U.S. dollars, three industrial parks for refugees in
| Car Accident Kills 21 in Tigray, Ethiopia
November 14, 2017 - Twenty-one people were killed and seven others injured when an overloaded minibus overturned in Ethiopia’s northern state, Tigray regional state.
Ethiopian authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred in Atsbi Wonberta, a region in the Northern Tigray regional state, but overloading is considered one of the possible causes, according to Xinhua.
Gebremedhin Nrea, the district's traffic police department coordinator, said the minibus, which is supposed to only accommodate 27 people, was transporting 34 passengers when it overturned.
| Eight killed in Ethnic Clash in Ethiopia
October 31, 2017 - Ethnic clashes in Ethiopia's western regional state, Benishangul Gumuz state, left eight people dead over the weekend, reports Xinhua. The clashes involved ethnic Gumuz native to the regional state and ethnic Amharas who've migrated to the area over the past decade. However, the Ethiopian government said the clashes were of a personal nature and not ethnic-based.
Nigusu Tilahun, spokesperson for Amhara regional state, said 11 people suspected of involvement in the clashes have been arrested.
The Ethiopian Army and police have secure the area to prevent further clashes, he said.
| Ethiopia Starts Civil Registration for Refugees
October 28, 2017 - Ethiopia launched civil registration for refugees today, reports the UNHCR. As part of the registration, all refugees in the Ethiopia will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities.
This is a historic first and a ground-breaking development for refugee protection in Ethiopia, not previously realized over decades. Civil registration for refugees has been made possible following an amendment to an existing legislation.
UNHCR and the UN’s Children Agency (UNICEF) collaborated with the government of Ethiopia in the preparation of the am
| Ethiopia to Purchase 400,000T of Wheat for Humanitarian Assistance
October 19, 2017 - Ethiopia recently announced a tender for 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat for use in humanitarian assistance programs throughout the country. Bids are due Oct. 24, with delivery expected by February 2018, reports world grain. The tendered amount will be divided into three tranches, totaling 200,000 tonnes, 125,000 tonnes and 75,000 tonnes.
The primary source for the wheat is expected to be the Black Sea region, the USDA said, noting that the region “is generally one of the least expensive options.”
“With the exception of food aid, nearly all wheat coming into the country in 2016 came from the
| US Embassy Issues Security Alert for Ethiopia
October 12, 2017 - The United States embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security alert for its citizens in Ethiopia citing violent protests and road closures south of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.
“The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violent protests and road closures in and around Shashamane, approximately 250 km south of Addis Ababa.
“There are reports of casualties. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Shashamane at this time,” the embassy’s statement read.
Six people have been killed according to Oromo government official. They quoted an official of the Or