Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Revolutionizing agriculture in Ethiopia: Dal to lead $18 million development project

(Feb 26, 2015, (Dal News))--In Ethiopia, agriculture isn’t just a way of life: in many respects, it’s the cornerstone of life itself. Approximately 80-85 per cent of the country’s population is employed in agriculture.

The ATTSVE team.,(Nick Pearce photos)
The country has the largest livestock population in all of Africa, and agriculture contributes more than 40 per cent of the country’s total GDP. But the country is both heavily populated and economically poor.

There’s widespread food insecurity, limited social support for and acceptance of women, and 30 per cent of the country’s 85 million people live on less than $1.25 US a day. Improving Ethiopia’s economy and addressing the poverty of its people both depend a great deal on growth — in all meanings of the word.

For more than 10 years, Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture has had strong collaborative partnerships with Ethiopian agricultural institutions, working together to increase the country’s agricultural capacity. Now, a new international development project will take those partnerships to a whole other level. Read more from Dal News »

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