USAID Awards Ethiopian Women for Excelling in Agribusiness Leadership

 USAID has awarded women with better proposals engaged in agribusiness and livestock business sector under it Innovative Business Plan Competition Program, Ethiopian Herald reported.

The women who attended entrepreneurship and leadership training in model livestock agribusiness are from Addis Ababa City Administration, Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and SNNPR State.

Dr.Mebrhatu Meles, Industry State Minister, speaking at the 2nd Annual National Conference said that Ethiopia has given emphasis on agricultural development through its GTP II period.

In its Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) USAID, under the Feed the Future Initiative, concentrates its support to the AGP in the area of market and agribusiness.

Ramona M EL Hamzaoul, USAID Deputy Mission Director, said even if the award winners have faced challenges in network marketing access and introducing their products when they start, they developed their skills to endure challenges and succeed in the business networking and processing development.

The Deputy Director added USAID recognizes the women’s efforts for becoming role model in the agribusiness and livestock market development progress registered year to year.

Ruth and Hirut Cow Breeding, Dairy Farm and Processing PLC are among the agribusiness leadership award winners who received USD 268,255 for their proposal to upgrade supplies to high quality and expanding their services