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Chinese textile firm leases industrial sheds in Hawassa Park

- Indian garment factory opens doors By Birhanu Fikade Following the recent visit of Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, a Chinese firm has finalized deals to lease two manufacturing sheds with 11,000 and five thousand sq.m areas at the Hawassa Industrial Park which currently is under construction, The Reporter has learnt.  Indochine, a renowned Chinese textile firm mostly engaged in souring activities has wired the down payment of USD 200 thousand via the National Bank of Ethiopia and currently the firm has acquired 11,000sqm. Anila Kularatne, who currently undertakes the establishment of the Indochine International, a subsidiary of the China based Indochine Apparel Ltd, told The Reporter that the company has deposited the minimum capital required from foreign investors.  According to Kularatne, the company will be involved in manufacturing garments and will install plants for laundry, denims and the like. Though Kularatne opted not to disclose further details before fi

Muranda in action as Sidama draws in Southern derby

Photo from soka Kenyan striker Eric Muranda was among the starters as his team, Sidama Bunna rallied from a goal down to hold Hawassa Kenema to a one-all draw in the first match of the 2015 Ethiopian Premier League on Thursday 29 October at Hawassa Stadium. Bekereket Yisaq gave Hawassa the lead at the stroke of halftime from the spot beating Sidama goalkeeper Fikru Wodessa but Andualem Nigussie levelled from a similar situation on the 55th minute. Suffered Nigussie placed the ball past Hawassa goalie Brian Tobego as the two sides went on to share spoils in the fixture, dubbed the Southern derby. In other matches played on the day, defending champions St. George FC suffered a 0 – 2 loss at the hands of Adama Kenema thanks to Wondwessen Milkias’s double on the 14th and 17th minutes. At Addis Ababa Stadium, Yabun Williams perhaps scored the fastest goal in the league as Ethiopia Bunna defeated Ethiopia Nigd Bank by a solitary goal, with Yabun scoring 30 seconds after the o

Hawassa University to Host International Symposium On Balancing Soil Nutrients

Photo from Web Land degradation worldwide costs an estimated US$10.6 trillion every year and presents a huge challenge to future global food security. In sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia, soil nutrient-depletion is directly related, where fertilizer use and agricultural productivity rates are the lowest in the world. Many African countries use little or no potash fertilizers, which are crucial for balanced fertilization and sustainable cropping systems. To address this challenge, over 70 international agricultural experts and researchers will gather at the Hawassa University, in the southern region of Ethiopia, for the 2nd annual symposium on the role of potassium in balanced fertilization from 24-25 November 2015. The symposium, jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, the International Potash Institute (IPI), and Hawassa University, will bring together key resea

CPDR Publication its first research-based book

The Center for Policy and Development Research- CPDR , Hawassa University published its first research-based book in cooperation with the Bureau of Women and chilren's Affairs Office of the SNNPRG. Impacts of Women Development and Change Packages on the Socio-Economic and Political Status of Women in SNNPR - Promise, Success and Challenges Edited by: Tesfaye Semela, Nigatu Regassa, Melisew Dejene, and Tafesse Matewos © Centre for Policy and Development Research (CPDR), Hawassa University, 2015, Hawassa, Ethiopia. All Rights Reserved Cover Design and Layout: Geraworke Zeleke  Copy Editor: Minigistu Dinato First Published: 2015 ISBN: 978-99944-958-6-3 Printed by: Hawassa, Ethiopia Center for Policy and Development Research (CPDR), Hawassa University P.O.BOX 05 Code 1000, Hawassa, Ethiopia Email: Web: Read more at Hawassa University  

8.2 million in need of USD 596 mln emergency assistance

Government and international aid agencies have announced that, due to the global natural hazard El Niño, which is lack of rainfall in both the spring (belg) and summer (meher or kiremt) seasons, the country has been hit by drought and, currently, about 8.2 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. According to Mitiku Kassa, secretary of the National Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee (NDPPC), the severity of the drought has been exacerbated by the delay and decline of rainfall during the major rainy season of kiremt from mid-June through mid-September. Hence, 8.2 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance in which the government has disbursed USD 192 million, Mitiku noted. Yet, the total amount needed is over 596 million dollars according to the aid agencies and the government.   Visiting severely stricken areas of the Oromia and Afar regions, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said that it is feared the drought will continue

Experts to convene at Hawassa to discuss soil balancing

The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and the International Potash Institute (IPT) have jointly organized an international symposium on soil balancing at the University of Hawassa which is scheduled to take place from 24-25 November 2015. According to IPI, this gathering is expected to discuss a wide range of issues on using potassium as a fertilizer to keep soil fertile. More than 70 universal agricultural experts and researchers are expected to gather in Hawassa town 267km to the south of the capital, Addis Ababa. “For the first time, Ethiopia has started to distribute potash fertilizers to farmers in areas where it is urgently needed. This is no less than a dream come true! And is an exciting story we intend to share with symposium participants,’’ says Tekalign Mamo (Prof.) until recently, adviser to the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture, UN special ambassador for the 2015 International Year of Soils, and senior adviser (East Africa) for

Sidama scholar commented on the baseless division of the Sidama population

Dr. Wolassa L. Kumo  commented on baseless division of the S idama population and he asked where on planet earth would the population of the administrative capital of a society be deducted from the population of the society? Dr. Wolassa L. Kumo wrote about the topic in September 2015 in an article entitled “Deepening Cultural Integration among the Cushitic Peoples in Ethiopia.” To quote from the article: Dr. Wolassa L. Kumo Photo @ " The Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia reports the population of the Hawassa town separately from the population of Sidama. The Hawassa town is the administrative capital of Sidama as well as the Southern Region. Where on planet earth would the population of the administrative capital of a society be deducted from the population of the society? Hawassa has been inhabited by the Sidama people for at least the past 1000 years; since the time the ancient Sidama people moved from northern highlands to the

Child undernutrition continues to be a major public health problem in the Sidama

ህጻናት በተመጣጠነ ምግብ እጦት የሚያጋጥማቸው የጤና መቃወስ በሲዳማ ዞን ጎልተው ከሚታዩ የጤና ችግሮች መካከል ዋነኛው መሆኑን በህጻናት ኣመጋገብ ዙሪያ በኣክሽን ኮንትራ ላ ፋሜ የተካሄደ ኣንድ ጥናት ኣመለከተ። ለዝርዝሩ ከታች ይጫኑ "1. Introduction  Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has been working in Sidama Zone, SNNPR since 2003, focusing on nutrition interventions in addition to food security, livelihoods and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes. Child undernutrition continues to be a major public health problem in the Sidama zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Region (SNNPR), an area marked by the paradox of the ‘green hunger’. The area possesses fertile lands, receives rains and is characterised by a good diversity of crops (false banana or enset, maize, barley, vegetables and coffee as a cash crop). Yet, the zone has persistently high levels of global acute malnutrition (GAM) in previous years, which peak during the lean ‘hunger’ season. ACF together with scientific partners, have developed a standardised method for analysing the causes of

Runner’s marathon journey to political asylum in Ireland

Trips to Ireland to further his passion for running led to Bedilu Gebreselassie, a member of a political group opposed to Ethiopia’s government, seeking political asylum  Bedilu Gebreselassie shudders as he recalls the 15 days he spent in prison. “Oh my god, I can’t explain,” the 27-year-old from  Ethiopia  says, shaking his head as he attempts to describe the cramped conditions of prisoners piled on top of each other in an Addis Ababa jail. Inmates were given a piece of bread and a glass of water to make it through each day. Gebreselassie struggled to find room to sleep on the floor, leaning on his side to fit inside the confined sleeping quarters. “I was crying, I lost weight, there was no food. After they let me out I had no transportation to get home.” The sports enthusiast from the city of Hawassa in southern Ethiopia had travelled to the capital to participate in a race with his athletics club but ended up behind bars due to his affiliation with the Sidama Liberation Fron

Ethiopia appeals for international aid in face of deepening food insecurity

Government requests $596m after crop failure caused by erratic rainfall leaves 48,000 under fives severely malnourished and 8.2 million people at risk The Ethiopian government is calling for international assistance to help feed 8.2 million people after erratic rains devastated crop yields. Climate shocks are common in  Ethiopia  and often cause poor or failed harvests that lead to acute food shortages. UN says 4.5 million Ethiopians now in need of food aid after poor rains   Read more The government has allocated $192m (£124m) for food and other aid and is appealing for $596m in assistance from the international community for the remainder of 2015, said Mitiku Kassa, secretary of the Ethiopian disaster prevention and preparedness committee. More than 300,000 children are in need of specialised nutritious food and a projected 48,000 more children under five are suffering from severe malnutrition, according to a government assessment conducted in September. T

CSA to Employ Mobile Technology for the 2017 Census in Ethiopia

The Central Statistics Agency (CSA) of Ethiopia disclosed that it is going to use mobile technology in the 2017 national population and housing censuses, according to Ethiopian News Agency. The Agency states mobile technology is needed to fasten the rate of information flow. The Agency’s plan was disclosed at a regional conference by Kifle Gebre, Information System Technology Director at the Agency. Head of Ethiopian Statistical Association Secretariat Zelalem Destaw said the new mobile technology will be of much help in avoiding delay of information exchange. The regional conference which is taking place from October 13 to 17, 2015, will convey useful recommendations and outputs to utilize mobile technologies in collecting statistical data in Africa. The pilot project is being performed in Ethiopia and other six African countries. Upon full implementation of the project, collection and dissemination of quality data will be enhanced in Ethiopia, it was learnt. Source: E

Ethiopian Drought Threatens Growth as Cattle Die, Crops Fail

Saado Osman straps two bulging sacks of United Nations wheat to her donkey, one of the few animals the 70-year-old eastern Ethiopian herder has left since the rains stopped. Like millions of others in the Horn of Africa nation she depended on that precipitation to provide fodder and water for her livestock. Now drought has killed 20 of her cattle and goats, leaving her family of 10 with just four animals. A dead cow lies in Afar region.   Photographer: William Davison/Bloomberg “There is hunger here,” Saado said as she stood among a crowd receiving food relief in Afdem town in Ethiopia’s Somali region on Oct. 8. “For one year it has not rained.” Rain failure from February to May this year in Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, was compounded by a short and erratic primary wet season from June to September. That’s left 8.2 million people in need of emergency support, with the crisis set to worsen through September next year, according to the UN. The ef

ሀዋሳ ሲቲ ሴንትራል ካፕ በደማቅ ሁኔታ ተጀመረ

የሀዋሳ ሲቲ ሴንትራል ካፕ በሀዋሳ ሲጀመር ሀዋሳ ከነማ ከምድብ ሁለት አርባ ምንጭን 3 ለ1 በማሸነፍ ጊዚያዊ የደረጃ ሰንጠረዡን መምራት ቻለ። በተመሳሳይ በምድብ አንድ 8 ሰዓት ላይ ጨዋታቸውን ያደረጉት ወላይታ ዲቻ ከሲዳማ ቡና ውድድራቸውን በ4 ግብ በአቻ ውጤት አጠናቀዋል። ሀዋሳ ከአርባ ምንጭ ጋር ያደረጉት ጨዋታ ፍጹም የሀዋሳ የበላይነት የታየበት ሲሆን በአንጻሩ አርባ ምንጮችም የተደራጀ ኳስ ለመጫወት ሙከራ ሲያደርጉ ተስተውለዋል። የወላይታ ዲቻና የሲዳማ ቡና ጨዋታ የውድድሩ ትልቅ ድምቀት ሆኖ ነበር፡፡  በፕሪሚየር ሊጉ ያልተለመዱ የኳስ ቅብብሎሽ፣ ጠርዝ ላይና መሀል ላይ እንዲሁም በመስመር የሚሻገሩ ረዣዥም ኳሶች አዲስ የጨዋታ ስልት የተከተሉ አስመስሏቸዋል ሁለቱን ተጋጣሚዎች። በሀዋሳ ሲቲ ሴንትራል ካፕ ሀዋሳ ከነማን ጨምሮ፣ አርባ ምንጭ፣ ሲዳማ ቡና፣ ሆሳዕና ከነማ እና ወላይታ ዲቻ እንዲሁም የውድድሩ ተጋባዥ ድሬዳዋ ከነማ ስድስት ክለቦች ለአስር ቀናት በሀዋሳ የዓለም አቀፉ የእግር ኳስ የበላይ ጠባቂ ፊፋ ባሰራው አዲሱ ስታዲየም ጨዋታቸውን ያደርጋሉ። ውድድሩ በሁለት ምድብ የተደለደለ ሲሆን በምድብ አንድ ሲዳማ ቡና፤ወላይታ ዲቻ እና ሆሳዕና ከነማ ተሰይመዋል፡፡ ሀዋሳ፣ አርባ ምንጭ እና ድሬዳዋ ከነማ ደግሞ በምድብ ሁለት ላይ ተደልድለዋል፡፡ የሃዋሳ ሲቲ ሴንትራል ካፕ ሰኞ ቀጥሎ ይካሄዳል። ከምድብ ሁለት አርባ ምንጭ ከነማ ከድሬዳዋ ከነማ ሲገናኙ ከምድብ አንድ ሆሳዕና ከነማ ከሲዳማ ቡና የሚያደርጉት ጨዋታ ይጠበቃል። ውድድሩን የሀዋሳ ስፖርት ጽፈት ቤት ሲመራው ተካፋይ ክለቦች በ2008 ዓ.ም የፕሪሚየር ሊግ ፉክክራቸው ዝግጅት ማጠናከሪያና ለአቋም መለኪያ እንደሚጠቅም ታምኖበት ተዘጋጅቷል። ሴንትራል ሀዋሳ ሆቴል የውድድሩ ብቸኛ ስፖንሰር ነው፡፡ በመሆኑም የውድድሩ

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እንሰት በአብዛኛው የደቡብ ክልል ዞኖችና በተወሰኑ የኦሮሚያ  አከባቢዎች የሚመረት ተወዳጅ የምግብ ተክል ከመሆኑም ባሻገር የህብረተሰቡ የክብር መገለጫም ተደርጎ ይወሰዳል። የጉራጌ፣ ስልጤ፣ ሃዲያ፣ ከንባታ፣ ወላይታና ሲዳማ ዞኖች ለረጅም ዘመናት እንሰትን በማምረት የሚጠቀሱ ናቸው። በአሁኑ ጊዜ በእንሰት አምራችነቱ የሚታወቀው የሃዲያ ህዝብ ኑሮ ለረጅም ዓመታት በእንስሳት እርባታ ላይ የተመሰረተ እንደነበር የታሪክ ድርሳናት ያስረዳሉ። ነገር ግን በ19ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን መጨረሻ በተከሰተው በሽታ የእንስሳት ሃብቱ በማለቃቸውና  የሸዋ ወራሪ ሃይል አካባቢው መቆጣጣሩን ተከትሎ የግብርና ምርቶችን በግብር መልክ እንዲያቀርብ በመገደዱ ምክንያት የእርሻ ስራ እንዲላመድ በር መክፈቱን አቶ አለባቸው ኬዕምሶ እና አቶ ሳሙኤል ሃንዳሞ የተባሉ የታሪክ ምሁራን ያስረዳሉ። በ19ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን መጨረሻ እና በ20ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን መጀመሪያ በአካባቢው ከታወቁ የእርሻ ምርቶች መካካል የእንሰት ተክል በዋናነት ይጠቀሳል። እንሰት በአከባቢው ቀድሞ የታዋወቀው ለዞኑ አጎራባች በሆኑት የጉራጌና የከምባታ ዞኖች መሆኑ ይነገራል። በተለይም ከ1900 እስከ 1970 ዓ.ም ድረስ በነበረው ጊዜ ውስጥ የአከባቢው ህብረተሰብ የተክሉ ጠቃሜታዎች በስፋት በመረዳቱ በከፍተኛ ደረጃ ያመርተው  እንደነበር መረጃዎች ያመላክታሉ። ዘውዳዊ አገዛዙን መገርሰሱን ተከትሎ የመንግስትነት ስልጣን የተቆናጠጠው ወታደራዊው የደርግ ስርዓት በ1974 ዓ.ም የአከባቢውን ህዝብ በሰፈራና በመንደር ማሰባሰብ ሰበብ ህዝቡ ተረጋግቶ ይኖርበት ከነበረው አከባቢ ያለፈላጎቱ ከቀየው እንዲፈናቀልና መንግስት የሚፈልጋቸውን የስንዴና የበቆሎ ምርቶች ብቻ እንዲያመርት በመገደዱ ምክንያት የእንሰት ምርት ስራ ተቀዛቅዞ ነበር።


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  – The  Walias of Ethiopia  defeated  Sao Tome e Principe  3-0 here today to advance to the next round of the  2018 FIFA World Cup  qualifier. The Walias, who were stunned by Sao Tome in the first leg match, were craving for a revenge and it took just one minute for them to open the score through  Dawit Fekadu . Although Ethiopia dominated the match, they couldn’t add a second goal until the start of the second half when  Gatoch Panom  converted a penalty kick (48′).  Ramkel Lok  added a third in the 74th minute. Overall, the Walias dominated the match and could have added 4 or 5 more goals. Walias’ next opponent is Congo Brazzaville in the next round in November. Source:

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Central Statistics Agency (CSA) is to construct building for its branche in Hawassa

Central Statistics Agency (CSA) is to construct buildings for its four branches in Mekelle, Hawassa, Ambo and Bahir Dar. Three of the buildings will be three storeys high, while the one in Bahir Dar will have four storeys to meet the minimum standard of the municipality, said Tessema Geda, project manager of CSA. The Agency awarded the construction of Ambo building to Bereket Haile Building Contractor on September 30, 2015. The construction aspect of the project is supported by a World Bank grant of 800,000 dollars. This is part of the 10 million dollars which the Bank has set aside for building the capacity of CSA. Design and supervision work will be undertaken by Solomon Gebre Architect & Engineers Consultancy Plc, which was selected from seven bidding firms. CSA has 25 branch offices in different regional states. At present the Hawassa and Bahir Dar branches are rented from private owners, while the Mekelle and Ambo branches are government-owned houses. The Mekelle bra