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June 2014

Kiram Tadesse

The World Food Program (WFP) annual report launched on Wednesday June 11th says despite positive advances Ethiopia has shown in the past it remained one of world’s most food insecure countries.

Over the past decade, a fast growing economy has helped bring the percentage of people living in extreme poverty from 38 per cent down to 29 per cent. However, approximately 30 million people still live below the food poverty line.

Employees of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit International Services (GIZ IS) in Ethiopia donated blood on 12 June 2014 at the Head Office located at China-Africa Square and at its project office in the premises of the African Union. GIZ IS Ethiopia set its foot in the country with the bole/gerji condominium housing ‘pilot’ project which was inaugurated in July 2004. Since then, it has been working on behalf of various Ministries like the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, the World Bank and other clients, acting as Management Agent, for the last decade.      

Dr Maximilian Martin

Ethiopia is now the fastest growing economy in Africa with a GDP growth rate of over ten percent in the last decade. The logical next step is to ask how Ethiopia can become a middle income country. Most of the economic growth of the country in the past decade has been driven by public investment. This ‘big push’ has achieved considerable success—but it has also risked crowding out private investment.