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The toll of coffee on farmers and the rest of the population

An interview with Ashenafi Argaw, an export manager for the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, revealed the toll coffee has had on farmers and the rest of the population. He quotes a farmer telling him, “I depend on coffee for all clothing, food, to pay taxes and medical expenses. Our lives depend on coffee. . . Ten years ago I was producing seven sacks of red cherry, and this was enough to buy clothes, medicines and services. But now, even if I sell four times as much, it is impossible to cover all my expenses . . . Three of the children can’t go to school now because I can’t afford the uniform . . . We have stopped buying teff and edible oil. We are eating just mainly corn.” The Toll of Coffee on Ethiopia’s Trade and More The overall trade of Ethiopia is suffering profusely. They have an incredibly high trade deficit of -2810.70 US Million ( ). The current environmental and political status of the country is wo

Man opens fire during Ethiopian Embassy protest in Washington

(Reuters) - A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported. A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT) that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C. Witnesses said the gunfire took place inside the embassy compound during a protest against the Horn of Africa nation's government. "About half a block from the embassy, I heard at least four shots, and I thought there were people killed," demonstrator Tesfa Simagne told Reuters Television. A video taken inside the embassy gates and carried by the website of Ethiopian Satellite Television shows a man wearing a dark suit and brandishing a silver handgun. He points the weapon at others who argue with him and fires a single shot. Still waving the gun and arguing with protesters, the man backs up to an embassy

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ዛሬ በኢንቴርናሽናል ጆርናል ኦፍ ፑብሊክ ሄልዥ ሳይንስ መጽሔት ላይ የወጣ ኣንድ ጥናት እንዳመለከተው በሲዳማ ዞን ቦርቻ ወረዳ ባለፈ ኣንድ ኣመት ውስጥ ልጅ ከወለዱ እናቶች መካከል 4 ነጥብ 9 ከመቶ የምሆኑት ብቻ በጤና ማዕከላ በሰለጠኑ የህክምና ባለሙያዎች ታግዘው የወለዱ ሲሆን፤ የተቀሩት ያለ ህክምና ባለሙያዎች እርዳታ መውለዳቸው ታውቋል። ባለፈው ኣንድ ኣመት ውስጥ ልጅ የወለዱትን ከ 540 በላይ እናቶች ባሳተፈው በዚህ ጥናት ላይ እንደተገለጸው፤ የቦርቻ ወረዳ እናቶች ከወልድ ጋር በተያያዘ በምከሰቱ ችግሮ ላይ ያላቸው ግንዛቤ ዝቅተኛ ከመሆኑ በላይ በጤና ጉዳዮቻቸው ላይም ውሳኔ የመውስድ ኣቅም ውስን መሆኑ ተመልክቷል። የቦርቻ ወረዳ የማዋለጃ የጤና ማእከላትን ሽፋን የመጨመር እና በጤና ማዕከላት የመውለድ ኣስፈላጊነት ላይ የእናቶች ግንዛቤ የማሳደግ ስራ በስፋት መስራት እንደምገባ ጥናቱ በማጠቃለያው ላይ ኣመልክቷል። Factors associated with Institutional delivery in Boricha district of Sidama zone, southern Ethiopia Tafese Tadele Gudura, Alemu Tamiso Debiso, Dr. Tariku Tadele Gudura Background: Every year, 40 million women give birth at home without the help of a skilled birth attendant. In 2011, 287,000 women died during pregnancy or childbirth. Almost all these deaths occur in developing countries where mothers and children lack access to basic health car


If coffee growing was an Olympic event, it'd be a marathon not a sprint. And not just because Africa totally dominates. Being a coffee superpower requires years of economic, infrastructural, and government investment. Plus a bean-friendly terrior, farmers dedicated to quality control, and a trust in industry buyers to bring the beans to the masses. So, which countries shell out the best beans? To get an idea, we asked a group of 11 roasters and writers to weigh in. Obviously, with all of the variables involved,  naming favorite countries is not an easy task . Almost all of our contributors expressed hesitation about throwing their hat into the ring (too much  Deadly Grounds ,  perhaps), and one roaster even pulled their choices for fear of upsetting their farmers. Naturally, personal bias in taste, education, and life experience influence one's picks, but by polling a diverse cross-section of the coffee world, we feel like this is an honest pulse of the industry,