February 24, 2014

Ethiopia among other african countries next target to grow controversial GM crops

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GM crops

GM opponents say the talks are a thinly veiled attempt to promote biotech farming at the government level in Africa. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Africa is expected to be the next target of GM food companies, as European scientists and policymakers travel to Ethiopia to boost the prospect of growing more of the controversial crops on the continent.

Anne Glover, the chief scientific adviser to the European commission, and other prominent pro-GM researchers and policymakers from European countries including Germany, Hungary, Italy and Sweden will this week meet Ethiopian, Kenyan, Ghanaian and Nigerian farm ministers as well as officials from the African Union.

The British environment secretary, Owen Paterson, who said last year that the UK would be acting immorally if it did not make GM crop technologies available to poor countries, pulled out of the conference in Addis Ababa, organised by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (Easac).

According to an Easac spokeswoman, the meeting is intended to help EU and African scientists collaborate to allow the crops to be grown more easily on the continent. “EU policy on GM crops is massively important for Africa,” she said. “A lot of countries are scared to do any research. They fear they will be punished by EU restrictions. They depend on the EU for their exports.”

Critics, however, said the meeting was a thinly disguised attempt to promote GM farming at a governmental level, whether or not it was good for local farmers.

“The meeting has the appearance of giving the European stamp of approval on GM crops, even though the majority of EU citizens oppose GM in food,” said a spokeswoman for GM Watch, a UK-based NGO.

The talks take place as industry data shows the increade in the planting of GM crops has practically halted in the US and as G8 countries, led by the US and Britain, press African states to liberalise their farming as part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition initiative.

The New Alliance is intended to accelerate African agricultural production, but farmers have widely criticised it as a new form of colonialism.

Olivier de Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, has described Africa as the last frontier for large-scale commercial farming. “There’s a struggle for land, for investment, for seed systems, and, first and foremost, there’s a struggle for political influence,” he said.

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (Isaaa), South Africa grows GM food crops, and Burkina Faso and Sudan cotton. Seven other African countries – Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda – have conducted GM field trials. The first drought-tolerant genetically modified maize is expected to be grown on the continent in 2017, it says.

Annual figures from Isaaa show that US farmers planted 70.1m hectares (173m acres) of GM crops in 2013, less than 1% more than in 2011 and 2012. Latin American and Asian farmers grow more than half of the world’s GM crops, mostly for animal feed or cotton production.

The latest figures show that 77% of the world’s GM crops are grown in three countries – 40% in the US, 23% in Brazil and 14% in Argentina – with plantings in Europe and Africa negligible, and concern growing worldwide about the emergence of herbicide-resistant “superweeds”.


February 23, 2014

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February 17, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines hijacking: Why co-pilot might have taken extreme steps to leave

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Repression, rigged elections and bans on leaving the country mean it’s no surprise that a co-pilot wanted out, writes David Blair

By  | 10:27AM GMT 17 Feb 2014

Desperate migrants go to extreme lengths to leave their homelands, but hardly any resort to hijacking. The Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot who landed his plane in Geneva joins the men who forced an Afghan airliner to fly to Stansted Airport in 2000 in the select club of those who chose hijacking as their way of escape.

In reality, this might not be as inexplicable as it sounds. At least 620,000 Ethiopians live abroad, including 10 per cent of all those with a university degree, according to the World Bank.

Ethiopians with marketable skills are highly likely to seek their fortunes abroad: the country’s emigration rate is 30 per cent for doctors and 17 per cent for nurses. A qualified pilot would fall into the category of those most likely to leave.

Two key “push factors” lie behind this outflow: repression and poverty. Ethiopia is a de facto one-party state, dominated by a small autocratic elite. Under the previous prime minister, Meles Zenawi, elections were shamelessly rigged and the opposition simply closed down. Many Ethiopians believed that Mr Meles favoured his own Tigray-Tigrinya ethnic group, who comprise less than seven per cent of the population, for the most powerful and privileged positions in the land.

The new prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, took over when Mr Meles died in 2012. Although a less authoritarian figure, Mr Hailemariam has inherited a state which imposes stifling restrictions on political freedom.

The government trumpets the fact that Ethiopia has achieved economic growth of about 10 per cent every year for the last decade. But the benefits have yet to reach most of the country’s 90 million people. Ethiopia’s national income per head is only $400, making it one of the poorest countries in the world.

All this means that many skilled people do their utmost to leave. The government has made this difficult by imposing draconian restrictions on emigration. Many Ethiopians are simply banned from leaving the country.

Three years ago, 60 technicians working for Ethiopian Airlines were given jobs by other carriers based in the Gulf. Their employer simply passed their names to the Immigration and Nationality Affairs Department – and all were prevented from leaving the country.

The co-pilot who flew to Geneva might have had no legal avenue for leaving Ethiopia permanently. He appears to have decided that hijacking a plane was his only option, even if that will mean spending time in a Swiss jail.

Ethiopian Airlines hijack: Co-pilot took control of plane

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Ethiopian Airlines hijack: Co-pilot took control of plane

BBC – The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane flying from Addis Ababa to Rome has hijacked the aircraft and landed in Geneva, Swiss police say.

There were about 200 people on board the plane hijacked

There were about 200 people on board the plane hijacked

The hijacker – who has been arrested – waited for the pilot to go to the toilet to lock himself in the cockpit. He was unarmed. He has requested asylum in Switzerland.

The airline said in a statement that all passengers and crew were safe.

Geneva airport, which was closed for a time, has now reopened.

Flight 702 was scheduled to leave the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at 00:30 local time (21:30 GMT), and arrive in Rome at 04:40 local time.

Geneva police confirmed the plane – a Boeing 767-300 – had made an unscheduled landing in the Swiss city at 06:00.

The flight was hijacked as it was flying over Sudan, reports the Tribune de Geneve newspaper.

In a statement, Ethiopian Airlines said Flight 702 “on scheduled service departing from Addis Ababa at 00:30 (local time) scheduled to arrive in Rome at 04:40 (local time) was forced to proceed to Geneva airport”.

“Accordingly, the flight has landed safely at Geneva airport. All passengers and crew are safe at Geneva airport,” it added in the statement.

All 200 passengers and crew on board the plane were in good health, the company said,

Passengers came out of the aircraft at about 08:00 (local time) surrounded by dozens of police, the Tribune de Geneve reports.

February 12, 2014

USAID’s cover-up of Ethiopia abuses overruled by Congress

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The US Congress has acted to prevent aid being used to support the forced evictions of Mursi, Bodi and Kwegu tribes from their ancestral land in Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley.

The US Congress has acted to prevent aid being used to support the forced evictions of Mursi, Bodi and Kwegu tribes from their ancestral land in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley.
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The United States Congress has acted to prevent its aid to Ethiopia being used to fund forced evictions of tribal peoples in the south west of the country.

The provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2014 represent a slap in the face forUSAID, which last month said that ‘there are no reports of widespread or systematic human rights abuses’ in the region.

In fact, tribes of the Lower Omo Valley are being violently evicted from their villages by the government to make way for lucrative cotton, palm oil, and sugarcane plantations whose irrigation will be made possible by the controversial Gibe III dam. Transferred to designated resettlement areas, the once self-sufficient tribes will be left with no access to their livestock or lands and, consequently, will be unable to sustain themselves. Intimidation tactics, such as rape and beatings, have reportedly been used against those who resist resettlement.

One Mursi man told Survival International, ‘We are waiting to die. We are crying. When the government collects people into one village there will be no place for crops, and my children will be hungry and have no food.’

The Ethiopian government has not consulted any indigenous communities over its aggressive plantation plans in the Omo Valley, and very few were consulted over the construction of the Gibe III dam.

This sugarcane plantation, part of a government sponsored land grab, now occupies land used by tribes of the Lower Omo Valley since time immemorial.

This sugarcane plantation, part of a government sponsored land grab, now occupies land used by tribes of the Lower Omo Valley since time immemorial.
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The region’s top human rights body, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, has written to the Ethiopian government asking it to halt the forced resettlement of the Lower Omo tribes while it investigates Survival’s submission regarding human rights violations in the area.

Ethiopia is one of the biggest recipients of American and British aid through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Although the provisions in the recent spending bill will force USAID to reevaluate the funding given to Ethiopia, it will ultimately be the responsibility of Congress to guarantee that the terms are upheld.

Survival International Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘This bill is a huge step in the right direction, and shows that USAID’s shameful denials of the human rights abuses being committed in the Lower Omo simply haven’t been believed.

‘American taxpayers want to be sure that their money isn’t going toward the destruction of tribal peoples’ lives. Hopefully the historic provisions in this year’s spending bill will ensure that’s the case. It is now high time that British parliamentarians follow suit and ensure thatDFID does not use UK taxpayers’ money to fund human rights violations in the Lower Omo.’

Notes to Editors:
– See the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (p. 1295-1296)
– Read USAID’s letter to Survival denying human rights abuses in the Omo Valley.
– Survival continues to call on USAID and DFID to make aid to Ethiopia conditional on putting an end to the devastating resettlement policies and the accompanying human rights violations.
– Watch Survival’s new film on the perils of forced development for tribal peoples:

2.7 million Ethiopians need food aid

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No fewer than 2.7 million Ethiopians may need food assistance in spite of the reported bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grains in the 2013 fiscal year, a survey carried out by an Addis Ababa based local media reported on Wednesday.

“Ethiopia finds itself in critical need of donors’ assistance, in order to feed 2.7 million people,” the report said.

The Ethiopian Government had recently announced an eight per cent growth in the country’s Agriculture sector over the period of 10 years with an upbeat bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grain for the current fiscal year.

According to the report, the projection was based on the document of the joint meeting of donors and the Ethiopian government who deliberated on the issue on Jan. 24. in Addis Ababa.

“The meeting was convened to agree on the projection of the volume of humanitarian assistance needed for 2014,” it said.  “The joint Government and Humanitarian partners’ Document-showed that 2.7 million of the 91 million people in the nation, according to the latest estimate by the World Bank are in need of humanitarian aid.”

It said the total food requirement was estimated at 388,635 MT with a breakdown showing a shortfall of 314,684 MT of cereals, 31,468 MT of pulses, 9,441 MT of oil and 33,042 MT of blended or supplementary food.

This comes against the government’s recent announcement that agricultural productivity in the nation is projected to grow in leaps and bounds.

The report said in spite of the normal and above normal 2013 rains, which further improved the food security situation in the country, humanitarian challenges will continue in 2014 in north eastern Amhara, Afar and the southern Tigray regions.

“These are all areas that receive inadequate seasonal rainfall and in some areas affected by various hazards, like floods, conflicts, crop pests and diseases,” according to the report..

The report also says that water shortages persist in the drought-prone areas in northeastern Afar, South Region, southeastern Tigray and the lowlands of the southern pastoral areas.

“The nation’s 12.27 million hectare of land was covered with cereals during the year 2012/13. This was a 1.52 per cent increase compared to that of the previous year.”


January 9, 2014

Deported from Saudi Arabia, Ethiopian migrants find dilemma at home

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Ethiopian migrants deported from Saudi Arabia await registration at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA, 9 January 2014 (IRIN) – They went in a bid to escape poverty, but few really succeeded, even if they did find work. Many were abused by their employers. Now, 144,000 Ethiopians have returned home, deported from Saudi Arabia, which began a crackdown on undocumented foreign workers in November 2012.

The authorities in Ethiopia were expecting migrants to return, but, anticipating a mere 30,000, they set aside just US$2.6 million to help with reintegration.

“The assistance they are receiving now is short-term, but once they get back to their homes, they will need long-term assistance, like finding jobs and reintegrating into the community, and the government must work towards these goals,” Sharon Dimanche, from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), told IRIN.

The government has also banned its citizens from travelling to the Middle East, a move migration expert say will not only lead people to head for new destinations, such as Sudan, but could flout international laws on freedom of movement.

According to Chris Horwood, of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS), the main drivers of migration from Ethiopia are “endemic poverty caused by economic inequality, poor education and training options.”

He added, “We also know about pressures on access to natural resources and the impact of climate change making some areas very fragile. So people migrate as a coping strategy to poverty and lack of opportunity, and some migrants from Ethiopia particularly identify political oppression (particularly the Oromo).”

In 2010, Ethiopia came up with its Growth and Transformation Plan, a five-year blueprint for economic growth. “Four million jobs have been created in the first three years… We hope, if this trend continues, we will have a substantially reduced number of migrants going out of the country very soon,” Abdulfetah Abdulahi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, told IRIN.

Yitna Getachew, of IOM, agreed that such initiatives could help stem migration, but said that the effects were unlikely to be immediate.

“It takes time before people can begin to feel comfortable with economic prospects at home. The early stages of economic growth – the World Bank estimates that it will exceed 7 percent in Ethiopia between 2013 and 2015, while in 2012, its economy was the 12th fastest growing economy globally – currently being experienced in Ethiopia are likely to increase cases of migration,” said Getachew. “People who hitherto had no money [are] begin[ning] to get [an] income, which they can invest in migration by… bribing smugglers, migration officials and buying fake documents.”

IRIN met some of the deported migrants, who spoke of the reasons they left home, of what life was like in Saudi Arabia, and of their hopes and their fears now that they have had to return to Ethiopia.

Sophia Mekuria, 36 

Sophia Mekuria, 36, left Ethiopia for Saudi Arabia four years ago, risking long treks on foot and dangerous sea crossings in often overloaded boats to escape poverty back home.

Mekuria’s parents sold the only cows they owned to raise the 8,000 birr [$417] smugglers charged for her passage to Saudi Arabia. The journey by sea took her to Yemen. From there, she travelled by truck to the Saudi Arabian city of Jiza, where she found a job as a maid.

“It takes time before people can begin to feel comfortable with economic prospects at home. The early stages of economic growth currently being experienced in Ethiopia are likely to increase cases of migration”

Through her salary of 2,000 Saudi Riyal [$530] a month, she was able to support her parents back home in Dessie town, in the Amhara Regional State in northern Ethiopia. Still, she had no savings by the time she was arrested by Saudi authorities and sent home in late December 2013.

“My main aim was to go there and earn more money, since I have seen a number of people from our locality that traveled there and changed their lives. My status was actually illegal since I [did not] have proper documents to live and work there,” Sophia told IRIN.

Her parents used the money she sent home “mainly to buy food,” she said.

She told IRIN she would not consider returning to Saudi Arabia.

“I will work here in my country because I have seen enough suffering in the past month alone. They kept us in camps in an inhumane way until our arrival here.”

Mursan Ali, 36 

Mursan Ali, a 36-year-old father of two, travelled to Saudi Arabia two years ago. His journey involved walking to the coast of Djibouti, on the Gulf of Aden, surviving only on the food he carried and a bottle of water, and sleeping unprotected on the ground at night for five days. From there, his smugglers put him on the boat to Yemen.

But the boat was wrecked off the coast of Yemen; Ali was among 35 people rescued. He and the other migrants were taken to a Yemeni prison, where they spent six months before being transferred to a camp to await deportation.

“A number of us managed to escape out of it [the camp] and joined the workforce,” Ali told IRIN.

After his escape, he trekked overland to Saudi Arabia.

“I was working as a metal worker and was earning [about] 1,500 Saudi riyals [$400] at the time. I cannot make that much money here in Ethiopia.”

Ethiopia’s much touted economic growth is yet to translate into a better life for a majority of its 86 million people

To pay his smugglers, he had saved 4,000 birr [$209] out of the 50 birr daily wage he earned as a construction worker in the capital, Addis Ababa.

“My family is poor, and all I have known is poverty. I wanted to earn enough money to help my family, and people told me about jobs in Saudi Arabia which were paying [better] than what I earned as manual laborer in Ethiopia,” he told IRIN.

He hopes that the Ethiopian government’s promise to create more jobs can help halt irregular migration to the Middle East.

Tassew and Mesfin 

Tassew lives with his sister, Negash, a 35-year-old cleaner and mother of one, and another sibling, Mesfin, in a tiny tin-walled shack in Addis Ababa.

Tassew and Mesfin were among those deported from Saudi Arabia. Negash now supports both of them.

“They could support me when they were there,” Negash told IRIN, “but now, I will use my small salary to support the four of us. It is hard because they came with nothing, and they will take a long time to get jobs here. They will burden me, but I can’t send them away.”

She added, “I saved a little of what they sent me to start a business, but now I can’t [save money] because I will use it to provide for them and myself.”

Tassew does not rule out looking for opportunities outside again. “If it is hard to go to Saudi Arabia, I will look out for other countries where I can find work. I can go to Sudan or somewhere, because here, it is hard to be employed,” he said.

According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Ethiopia “remains one of the world’s poorest countries. About 29 per cent of the population lives below the national poverty line”.

Fatima, 23 

Fatima,* 23, stayed in Saudi Arabia for just six months before she was deported.

She told IRIN, “I haven’t finished paying my smugglers, and now they will want their money. I still owe them 5,000 birr [$260], and they will now auction my parents’ property” through their agents in Addis Ababa, where her parents live.

“I was to pay them when I arrived and found a job in Saudi Arabia. I was deported before I could get enough money,” she said.


December 15, 2013

Moyale Residents Flee to Neighbouring Ethiopia

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December 7, 2013

ከንቲባ ድሪባ የእሳት ቃጠሎ ተጐጂዎችን አቤቱታ አጣራዋለሁ አሉ

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December 07, 2013
fireበመርካቶ የጅምላ መደብሮችና መጋዝኖች ላይ ረቡዕ ዕለት የተከሰተውን ቃጠሎ ለማጥፋት የተጠሩ የእሣት አደጋ መከላከያ ተቋም ሠራተኞች ጉቦ ጠይቀውናል በማለት ተጐጂዎቹ ለከተማዋ ከንቲባ አቤቱታ ያቀረቡ ሲሆን፣ ተቋሙ አቤቱታውን በማስተባበል ሦስት ሰራተኞች እንደቆሰሉበት ገለፀ፡፡ ለ5 ሰዓታት የዘለቀው ቃጠሎ፤ ከ40 በላይ መደብሮችና መጋዘኖች ላይ ከፍተኛ ጉዳት ከማድረሱም በተጨማሪ ከ30 በላይ ሰዎችም እንደተጐዱ ተገልጿል፡፡ የአዲስ አበባ ከንቲባ ድሪባ ኩማ ከትናንት በስቲያ ሐሙስ በስፍራው ተገኝተው ተጐጂዎችን ያነጋገሩ ሲሆን፣ በእሣት አደጋ መከላከያ ተቋም ሠራተኞች ላይ አቤቱታ አሰምተዋል። የተቋሙ ሰራተኞች በቦታው ከደረሱ በኋላ፣ “እሳቱን ለማጥፋት ከበላይ አካል መመሪያ አልተላለፈልንም” በሚል ሰበብ “ቆመው ሲያዩ ነበር” በማለት ምሬታቸውን የገለፁ ተጎጂዎች፤ አንዳንድ የተቋሙ ሰራተኞች ደግሞ “ጉቦ እንድንሰጣቸው ሲደራደሩ ብዙ ንብረት ጠፍቷል” ብለዋል፡፡ መጋዘንና መደብር እንደወደመባቸው ለአዲስ አድማስ የገለፁ ነጋዴ፤ እሣት አደጋዎች የድረሱልን ጥሪው ከተላለፈላቸው በኋላ ዘግይተው ነው የመጡት፤ እዚህ ከደረሱ በኋላም መመሪያ አልተላለፈልንም በሚል ቆመው ይመለከቱ ነበር ብለዋል፡፡

ከዚህ ቀደም በአካባቢው ከ4 ጊዜ በላይ የእሣት አደጋ መድረሡንና የአሁኑ ቃጠሎ ከሁሉም የከፋ መሆኑን የተናገሩ ሌላ ነጋዴ በበኩላቸው፤ የአካባቢው ሰው እሳቱን ለማጥፋት ሲረባረብ የእሣት አደጋ ሠራተኞች ከበላይ ትእዛዝ እየጠበቅን ነው በማለት ቆመው መመልከታቸው እንዳሣዘናቸው ገልፀዋል፡፡ “ከዚህ ቀደም በፍጥነት እሳት ለማጥፋት ክሬን ይጠቀሙ ነበር፤ አሁን ለምን ክሬን እንዳልተጠቀሙ እንዲገለፅልን እንፈልጋለን” የሚሉት እኚሁ ቅሬታ አቅራቢ፤ የወገን ንብረት እየወደመ መመሪያ እንጠብቃለን ብሎ መቆም አሣዛኝ ነው ብለዋል፡፡ ከንቲባ ድሪባ ኩማ፤ የተጐጂዎቹን አቤቱታ ካዳመጡ በኋላ “መመሪያ አልተላለፈልንም ወይም ገንዘብ ክፈሉኝ” ብሎ ዳተኝነት ያሳየ ሰራተኛ ካለ፣ ራሴ የማጣራው ጉዳይ ነው፣ የአደጋው መንስኤም በቶሎ ተጣርቶ ይገለጻል” ብለዋል፡፡ በጉዳዩ ዙሪያ ያነጋገርናቸው በአዲስ አበባ እሣትና ድንገተኛ አደጋዎች መከላከያ የኮሚኒኬሽን ጉዳዮች ሃላፊ አቶ ንጋቱ ማሞ በበኩላቸው፤ የአደጋውን የጥፋት መጠን በገንዘብ ለማስላት ለጊዜው ባይቻልም 40 የንግድ ሱቆች እና 5 መጋዘኖች ከነሙሉ ንብረታቸው መውደሙን ተናግረዋል፡፡

32 ሰዎች ቀላል ጉዳት እንደደሠረባቸውና ከነዚህ መካከል ሶስቱ የእሣት አደጋ ባለሙያዎች ሲሆኑ በጦር ሃይሎች ሆስፒታል ህክምና እየተደረገላቸው ነው ብለዋል-አቶ ንጋቱ፡፡ እሣቱን ለማጥፋት አስፈላጊው መስዋዕትነት ተከፍሏል ያሉት አቶ ንጋቱ፤ “ጉዳት የደረሠበት ሠው ቅሬታ ለምን አቀረብክ ባይባልም፤ ባለሙያዎቹ በቸልታ ይመለከቱ ነበር፣ በገንዘብ ይደራደሩ ነበር የሚለው አባባል ስሜታዊነት የተንፀባረቀበት ነው፤ ችግሩ በተነገረው መጠን አይደለም” ሲሉ ምላሽ ሠጥተዋል፡፡ በፍጥነት ባለሙያዎች አልደረሡም ለተባለውም በትራንስፖርት መጨናነቅ ምክንያት 10 ደቂቃ ያህል ብቻ መዘግየት ማጋጠሙን የተናገሩት አቶ ንጋቱ፤ ቦታው አመቺ ባለመሆኑ፣ ተቀጣጣይ ነገሮች በብዛት በመኖራቸው፣ በአቅራቢያው ውሃ ባለመኖሩ እና ስራውን ለባለሙያዎች ያለመተው ችግር ተደማምረው በሚፈለገው ፍጥነት እሣቱን መቆጣጠር አልተቻለም ብለዋል፡፡ እሣቱን ለማጥፋትም 10 የአደጋ መከላከያ መኪኖችና 7 አምቡላንሶችን በመጠቀም 585 ሺህ ሊትር ውሃ እና 144 የአደጋ ጊዜ ሠራተኞችን ድርጅታቸው መጠቀሙን የገለፁት ሃላፊው፤ ክሬን መምጣት ነበረበት ለተባለው ድርጅቱ ያሉት ክሬኖች ለዚህ ጉዳይ አገልግሎት መስጠት የሚችሉ አይደሉም ብለዋል፡፡

December 4, 2013

The Looting of food aid country: Ethiopia rolls out dollar millionaires at the fastest rate

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Ethiopia rolls out dollar millionaires at the fastest rate

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Wealth ImageEthiopia registered 108% growth (topping all of Africa from a low base) in dollar millionaires in the six years period between 2007 and 2013 to have 2700 of high net worth individuals (HNWI) while South Africa recorded moderate growth in this period but remains on top in Africa in terms of total number of HNWI.

This comes out of the latest survey results of New World Wealth, an Oxford based wealth consultancy. The survey looked at millionaires across the African continent. It says Millionaires refer to individuals with net assets of US$1 million or more excluding their primary residences.

“This study focuses on HNWI performance between the end of 2007; the peak before the global financial crisis; and 2013. This enables us to determine how well the country’s HNWIs have performed through the crisis,” said the statement announcing the findings.

Key findings have Ethiopia as the fastest growing African country for millionaires over the past 6 years followed by Angola, Tanzania, Zambia and then Ghana.

Africa: Fastest growing countries for millionaires, 2007 – 2013



Growth %

Millionaires, 2007

Millionaires, 2013





































Ivory Coast














Note: Numbers rounded to nearest 100.

The survey juxtaposes growth in millionaires in countries’ to GDP per capita growth. In the case of Ethiopia there appears to be a strong correlation. Ethiopia also shows strong (93%) GDP per capita growth which tops the African list for the period between 2007 and 2012. “It should be noted, however, that it (Ethiopia) does start from a very low base so the growth is somewhat expected. Ethiopia is one of the largest countries in Africa in terms of population with over 85 million inhabitants and we expect it to become one of the 10 largest African wealth markets by 2030.”

 The statement also noted that over the 2007 to 2013 period many developed markets experienced a decrease in millionaire numbers. “Overall, worldwide HNWI numbers are up by only 9% since 2007.”

In Africa, South Africa remains on top with 48,700 millionaires in 2013, followed by Egypt with 22,800 and Nigeria with 15,700.

Africa: Top 10 countries ranked by millionaires, 2013
Rank Country Millionaires, 2007 Millionaires, 2013 Growth %
1 South Africa 42,800 48,700 14%
2 Egypt 22,300 22,800 2%
3 Nigeria 10,900 15,700 44%
4 Kenya 6,700 8,300 24%
5 Tunisia 5,600 6,400 14%
6 Angola 3,800 6,400 68%
7 Libya 6,200 6,300 2%
8 Tanzania 3,700 5,600 51%
9 Morocco 3,900 4,900 26%
10 Algeria 2,900 4,100 41%


“In terms of growth rate forecasts to 2030, Ivory Coast comes out on top, followed by Zambia, Ghana and then Ethiopia,” said the statement.

By 2030, South Africa will still be the top ranked African country in terms of millionaires, while Nigeria will jump ahead of Egypt.”

Africa: Fastest growing countries for millionaires, 2013 – 2030
Rank Country Millionaires, 2013 Millionaires, 2030 Growth %
1 South Africa 48,700 86,700 78%
2 Nigeria 15,700 43,000 174%
3 Egypt 22,800 34,700 52%
4 Kenya 8,300 21,200 155%
5 Angola 6,400 15,600 144%
6 Tanzania 5,600 15,200 171%
7 Tunisia 6,400 12,400 94%
8 Libya 6,300 10,500 67%
9 Morocco 4,900 9,700 98%
10 Ethiopia 2,700 7,900 193%


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