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Amhara/ORDA-USAID partnership to be strengthened

By Esubalew Dires

Delegates and higher officials of USAID visited ORDA.

During the visit, President of ANRS, his Excellency Ato Gedu Andargachew warmly welcomed guests to the Amhara regional capital- Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.


His Excellency Ato Gedu gratefully appreciated USAID for its longer years’ unreserved partnership with ORDA to reach millions for a humanitarian assistance, food security and livelihood improvement in the region. He also claimed ORDA has a capacity to implement different projects at a time covering a wider area of the region. Hence, his Excellency called for USAID to closely work with ORDA and the regional government in order to insure food security and overall development of the region.


Executive director of ORDA, Dr. Amlaku Asres acknowledging USAID highlighted guests’ remarkable achievements of the organization in those four major thematic areas (natural resource, food security & agricultural development, safe water supply and expansion of irrigation schemes, youth employment and gender issues.


He added that ORDA has a vibrant capacity of implementation and strong grass root bondage with the public and the government.

It’s also mentioned that a 15 years’ partnership of ORDA-USAID helped gain rich experience to fully carry out developmental interventions in the region.

ORDA has better composition in human power, has equipped resources, developed useful manuals and directives to answer donor compliances. Hence, Dr. Amlaku inquired USAID for a direct funding access to benefit millions


Community ponds opened the eyes of farmers!

By Esubalew Dires

 There is a high temperature in the area. Crops like tef and mungbean are getting harvested and threshed in the area.  Farmers are distressed about the rainy season this year.  Maize, pepper and sorghum are looking immature. However, community ponds constructed in the area will sustain the moisture of farmlands until it is matured.

ANRS Oromo Special zone contains 8 woredas. Dewa Chefa and Bati are two of the four woredas of project interventions found in the zone. Dewa Chefa is distinct from others in that Chefa Vally is potentially rich in underground water. The Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) Harvest Plus project and International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) funded by SIDA carried out intervention activities to livelihood improvement and overall transformation. The intervention of the project with a new agricultural practice helped farmers, women and unemployed youths to be part of development actors through better use of irrigation and agricultural related activities in the area. Community ponds which opened the eyes of farmers are now extensively expanded. 


Last Updated (Thursday, 16 June 2016 09:19)

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