Tag Archives: Villagization

Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Why are Ethiopians starving Again? The answer rests on its successive autocratic rulers and tribalist leaders. Ethiopia today forced hundereds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples off their fertile lands in order to free up their land to foreign investors that came in to grow foodstuffs and bio-fuels for export. Having lost their land and their ability to produce their own food, the indigenous Peoples are being forced to become dependent on aid handouts.
Why are Ethiopians starving Again? The answer rests on its successive autocratic rulers and tribalist leaders. Ethiopia today forced hundereds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples off their fertile lands to make way for foreign investors that came in to grow foodstuffs and bio-fuels for export. Having lost their land and their ability to produce their own food, the indigenous Peoples are being forced to become dependent on aid handouts.

By Addis Fortune,

ETHIOPIA finds itself in critical need of food aid in order to feed 2.7 million people. This announcement comes not long after its leaders were upbeat, reporting a bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grain for the current fiscal year.

When donors and Ethiopian authorities met on January 24, 2014, to agree on the projection of the volume of humanitarian aid needed for 2014, the resultant crucial document – 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 assistance.  Continue reading Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile

After draining four-fifths of its massive underground aquifer for unsustainable agriculture, the Saudi Kingdom turns to verdant Ethiopia.

Papyrus reed boats cross the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia, where some people claim their water is being handed over to Saudi business interests.

By Fred Pearce (National Geography),

THIS piece is part of Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater, a special National Geographic Freshwater News series on how grabbing land—and water—from poor people, desperate governments, and future generations threatens global food security, environmental sustainability, and local cultures.

The cows appear on the horizon like a mirage. Drive about a hundred miles (160 kilometers) through the Arabian Desert southeast from Riyadh, and you will come across one of the world’s largest herds of dairy cattle. Some 40,000 Friesian cows survive in one of the driest places on the planet, with temperatures regularly reaching 110°F (43°C).  Continue reading Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile

ETHIOPIA: Aid and Ethics Clash

Ethiopia is among the most foreign aid dependent country. Topping the worldwide list of countries receiving aid from the US, UK, and the World Bank, the nation has been receiving $3.5 billion on average from international donors in recent years, which represents 50 to 60 percent of its national budget. – Oakland Institute 

Overlooking Violence, Marginalization, and Political Repression in the name of development?

By Africa Confidential,

Britain and the US are accused of complicity in human rights abuses, highlighting difficult choices about democracy and development.

Two of Ethiopia’s leading foreign donors are again accused of complicity in human rights abuses. It highlights the debate on whether development should come before democracy.

The most recent claims accuse donors not only of doing business with an authoritarian regime but of intentionally covering up its abuses.

The accusations relate to a joint field investigation by Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Lower Omo in January 2012.  Continue reading ETHIOPIA: Aid and Ethics Clash

Ethiopia: An Analysis of Recent Economic Growth and Potential Challenges

Ethiopia’s recent economic growth are respectable achievements but it may prove fanciful if they fail to consider and address a variety of significant concerns.

By FikreJesus Amahazion,

Nestled in the turbulent Horn of Africa (HOA) region, Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent modern nation-state and second most populous.[i]  The second poorest country in the world according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Multidimensional Poverty Index, [ii] Ethiopia consistently ranks extremely low upon a variety of socioeconomic, development, and human rights indicators. [iii]

Recently however, Ethiopia has experienced economic growth – making it amongst “Africa’s best performing economies.” [iv] This development reiterates the Ethiopian government’s lofty ambitions to attain “middle-income status by 2020.” [v] The validity, sustainability, and possible ramifications of Ethiopia’s purported and ambitious economic transformation in the near future – which could prove beneficial domestically and regionally – merits closer analysis. Continue reading Ethiopia: An Analysis of Recent Economic Growth and Potential Challenges

Top Human Rights Watchdog Investigates Ethiopia and Botswana

The Ethiopian government has started evicting tribes such as the Mursi from their land to make way for large-scale plantations.

By Survival International,

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the region’s top human rights body, has called for the forced relocation of thousands of tribal people in Ethiopia to be halted, and has raised concerns over the denial of rights of Botswana’s Bushmen, according to the report by Survival International. Continue reading Top Human Rights Watchdog Investigates Ethiopia and Botswana