Ethiopia: Persisitent Food Security – A Critical Analysis of What’s Wrong?

[Addis Standard] Addis Ababa -On June 11, 2003 Ethiopia’s Prime Minister the late Meles Zenawi convened a joint meeting with major Western donors in Addis Abeba and confided in them that the food crisis Ethiopia was facing at the time had reached unacceptable level; he said he considered the situation to be a matter of national security concern.

Continue reading

On the edge of disaster

A good system, but overwhelmed “THE animals die first” is a common refrain from many Ethiopians living in Tigray and Afar, two northern states, as the country experiences its worst drought in decades. Crop production in these regions has dropped by 50% or more in some areas, and failed completely in others. Hundreds of thousands of domestic animals are reckoned to have perished.

Continue reading

Ethiopia: Migrant Workers Face Poor Conditions in Saudi Arabia

[HRW]Beirut -Ethiopian migrant workers have been the victims of physical assaults, some of them fatal, in Saudi Arabia following a government crackdown on foreign workers. Many workers seeking to return home are being held in makeshift detention centres without adequate food or shelter.

Continue reading

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Pledges Continuity, Sees Collective Leadership Return

[Addis Fortune]Following the death of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi made public, Ethiopians have been overwhelmed with activities in his memory, as his unexpected death left the nation in a grip of uncertainty. The induction to office of his successor was hoped to break a month long ambiguity over the historically violent political transition. The landmark oath Hailemariam Desalegn made on Friday, September 21, 2012, in Parliament showed the country is still under the shadow of Meles.

Continue reading