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1st IPI-Ministry of Agriculture-Ethiopian ATA Joint Symposium – A Briefing

1st IPI-Ministry of Agriculture-Ethiopian ATA joint Symposium on “The Role of Potassium in Cropping Systems of sub-Saharan Africa: Current Status and Potential for Increasing Productivity”, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 4-5 September 2014 . Report by Hillel Magen, IPI Director . Photo 1. Group photo of participants at the 1st IPI-Ministry of Agriculture-Ethiopian ATA joint […]

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This is what Ebola is doing to West African economies

Originally posted on Quartz:
Before Ebola broke out in parts of the West African sub-region, the Adjamé market in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire held its reputation as the biggest commercial hub for traders. Bus stations at the market connected travelers to all parts of Côte d’Ivoire and cities in neighboring countries. Today, this reputation for connecting…

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Why was America’s top spy also a fertilizer day-trader?

Originally posted on Quartz:
Fertilizer is a strategic commodity, and that’s no load of manure. In fact, it’s potash—a mineral salt mined from the ground to add nitrogen to industrial fertilizer production. In the past several years, the production of this valued commodity has been shaken up: In 2013, an informal cartel between two companies…

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Ethiopia’s huge infrastructural funding gap is serious challenge

Originally posted on THE ETHIOPIA OBSERVATORY:
Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO) Infrastructure contributed 0.6 percentage points to Ethiopia’s annual per capita GDP growth over the last decade. Raising the country’s infrastructure endowment to that of the region’s middle-income countries could add an additional 3 percentage points to infrastructure’s contribution to growth. Ethiopia’s infrastructure successes…

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South Boulder Mines testing produces commercial-grade potassium sulphate from Colluli

Metallurgical testing has produced commercial-grade potassium sulphate (SOP) and a simple, high-yield SOP processing path at Colluli. South Boulder Mines (ASX: STB) has revealed that commercial-grade potassium sulphate (SOP) has been produced from a Colluli Project sample, with the metallurgical testing conducted at the Saskatchewan Research Council laboratory in Canada. This is defining for the […]

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23 October 2014 News Briefs

. Tripartite Free Trade Area within Sight . COMESA is in the final stages of preparations for the Tripartite Summit, which is scheduled to take place on 19 – 20 December 2014. The summit is expected to launch the COMESA -EAC- SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) thus heralding the culmination of intense negotiations that […]

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Addis Ababa’s monorail project keeps Ethiopia on track for transformation

-  Although there will be shortfalls in the country’s infrastructure programme, the railway will be an impressive achievement .   William Davison in Addis Ababa Addis Ababa’s $475m light railway system, part of a five-year growth plan, covers a 21-mile stretch through the Ethiopian capital. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Out of the dust and rubble […]

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Ethiopia’s ‘African tiger’ leaps towards middle income

. –  Progress has been remarkable since 1984’s ‘biblical famine’, but inequality, ethnic tension and civil rights issues need to be addressed People wait for a bus in Addis Ababa. The government has launched an ambitious modernisation plan in the Ethiopian capital. Photograph: Giorgio Cosulich/Getty It is now three decades since Ethiopia experienced the infamous […]

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21 October 2014 News Round-Up (UPDATED)

. Number of foreign investors grows by threefold . . The number of investors interested to start business and investment in Ethiopia has grown by threefold during the past two years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Some 365 investors visited Ethiopia in 2005E.C., either to see the opportunities, conduct feasibility assessment or open their […]

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Less than 1% of the planned 2300 km train projects completed – GK

. Four and half years ago, the ruling party EPRDF unveiled , the then impressive 5 year Grand Transformation Plan. In this plan, in 5 corridors, as phase 1, five big railway projects were listed and authorities promised they would deliver by June 2015. To alleviate public transportation in Ababa Ababa, a light railway project […]

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