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From Dump to Dollars: Repi Landfill Gas Gets Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Registration

Ethiopia's Methane Capture and Flaring from Addis Ababa Repi open dump fill has become the country's first non-forestery registered project following its formal acceptance as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) activity. Board. The registration decision was made by the Executive Board which supervismore


From seed to market, transforming agriculture in Ethiopia

Hurgessa Gutema owns a small farm in Wolisso in central Ethiopia. With help from a local farming co-operative, his crop yield is rising year after year. “Thanks to better seeds and fertilizer from the farmers union, we harvest up to 20 quintals for every half-hectare,” he said. “We used to get only more


Introducing New Skills to an Ancient Art

Religious and traditional paintings as well as sculptures have been a central part of the lives of Ethiopians for centuries. Following the traditional line of knowledge and skill transfer across the ages, hundreds of youth are engaged in producing religious and traditional paintings and icons, with more


Local Investor Receives Justice

Birhanu Alaro found his livelihood threatened when the Hosana Town Municipality decided to have his poultry and home demolished to provide land for another investor. Birhanu shared his misery and disappointment saying,”It was a disaster for my family of nine when all the coops for the 510 egg layinmore


Moving towards Industrial Cluster Development Initiatives

Ethiopia’s Local Economic Development Programme (LED) is going ahead with industrial cluster development in order to enhance the competitiveness of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) and lay the foundation for industrial development in various regions across the country. The LED programme follows a more


Optimism for Start Ups Attracts Young Entrepreneurs

Looking back at the hours spent swapping stories on Facebook five years ago, 26-year-old Almaz Tegene had no idea that her new online friend, Solome Mekonnen, would end up being her business partner. Almaz, Selome and Asratemariam Sileshi are three young women, who find themselves part of a new breemore


Overcoming Disabilities to Earn a Living

The Wolayta Sodo Center for the Blind is providing employment to 18 men and women without sight who turned to begging around churches and streets when the Center faced shortage of finance to purchase inputs for production and management problem.   UNDP Ethiopia through LED Programme provided thmore


Pastoralists begin to cope with climate change effects

Drought and its consequences such as water and feed resources scarcity as well as loss of livestock have badly challenged pastoralists in the Afar lowland area in Eastern Ethiopia, which is home to the Danikil Depression, the hottest spot in the world. A large number of the community from that area more

Promoting Ethiopia's Commodity Exchanges

17 Mar 2010

In April 2008, Ethiopia’s first commodity exchange was established in a country where only a third of the agricultural produce reached the market. The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) was created to provide security and visibility for the country’s commodity traders. Jointly owned by its membmore


Protected Areas as Tool to Boost Tourism

As Ethiopia charts a course toward creating a low-emission and climate resilient future, it is looking for ways to find the most efficient and innovative solutions to meet the country’s social development needs and biodiversity conservation goals. The government is working tirelessly to unlock themore