DuPont launches collaborative initiatives in Ethiopia
The plant’s capabilities are designed to ensure that DuPont Pioneer provides farmers with the highest quality of seed and include: automated seed cleaning, treating and packaging as well as gravity sorting and grading – the first plant of its kind in Ethiopia. Operating at full capacity, the plant will provide much-needed employment to permanent skilled workers as well as seasonal laborers.
“This program focused on smallholder farmers exemplifies the kind of public-private partnership envisioned in President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative and the G-8 New Alliance for Agriculture and Nutrition. It is a model for countries and private sector partners and shows that companies can invest responsibly and grow in the emerging African market,” said USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller at the Menagasha plant opening.
“A primary objective of the Agriculture Growth program is increasing production and productivity, access to market and empowerment of women and youth. This DuPont-USAID partnership enhances the ability of smallholders to increase production and improve their livelihoods in a way that will contribute to accomplishment of the goals set forth in the Growth and Transformation Plan,” said H.E. Wondirad Mandefro, State Minister of Agriculture, while opening the Menagasha plant today.
Khalid Bomba, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency added, “Connecting Ethiopia's smallholder farmers with modern agronomic practices and products, including improved seed and storage facilities, is a pivotal step in helping them to increase their production and improve their livelihoods. DuPont’s investment in the Ethiopian agriculture sector, particularly in conjunction with the country’s newly amended seed proclamation, is an important step in helping us do just that.”
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