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  • Africa Fashion Reception 2017 to be held in Addis Ababa


    In partnership with the African Union and UNESCO, Legendary Gold Limited presents the 4th edition of the Africa Fashion Reception. The AFR once again will be presenting Africa’s best and most creative designers, producers of shoes, bags, jewelries, make up, beauty & hair products to the global market. To be eligible to participate, these products must be locally sourced and produced in Africa. Most importantly, they must be produced with global best practice.

    The African Union will host the African edition in its headquarters in Addis Ababa. This is usually the first AFR event of the year. The global edition comes up in Paris.

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  • Ethiopia, Tigray Region wins Future Policy Award 2017 for combating Desertification


    In partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the 2017 Future Policy Award highlights laws and policies that effectively address land and soil degradation, and the related risks to food security and livelihoods, and help secure a sustainable and just future for people living in the world’s drylands.

    The Winners


    Ethiopia, Tigray Region: Conservation-Based Agricultural Development-Led Industrialization (1994), supported by Mass Mobilization Campaigns (1991) and the Youth Responsive Land Policy (2008)

    The Tigray region’s interpretation of Ethiopia’s development strategy focuses on food self-sufficiency and economic growth by conserving land and promoting sustainable agriculture. Thanks to a unique combination of collective action, voluntary labour and the involvement of youth, the people of Tigray are restoring land on a massive scale.


    Brazil: Cistern Programme (2003, enshrined into law in 2013)

    This programme is a participative,bottom-up way to provide water for consumption and for growing  food and keeping livestock in Brazil’s drought prone Semiarid region using simple rainwater collection technology. It empowers millions of the region’s poorest people to be in control of their own needs, to generate income and enhance their food security.

    China: Law on Prevention and Control of Desertification (2002)

    This is the world’s first integrated law dedicated to combating desertification. It provides a framework for China’s National Action Programme and a host of projects aimed at rehabilitating land at risk. Over the last 15 years, China has reversed the trend of desertification. It is no coincidence that the country lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty during the same period.


    International: The 4 per 1000 Initiative – Soils for Food Security and Climate (2015)

    This awareness raising, high-level political initiative communicates a new concept for mitigating climate change through the annual increase in soil organic carbon by 0.4 per cent in the top 30-40 cm of the agricultural soils. It encourages a paradigm shift in agricultural practice.


    Australia: Indigenous Protected Areas Programme (1997) and Working on Country – Indigenous Rangers Programme (2007)

    Indigenous Rangers are at the forefront of turning around environmental degradation right across Australia. 75 Indigenous Protected Areas, covering over 67 million hectares, now make up more than 44 per cent of the National Reserve System and have created largest contiguous area of protected arid land in the world.

    Jordan: Updated Rangeland Strategy (2013/2014)

    Bedouin people in Jordan have governed their rangelands through their own land tenure systems and grazing rights known as “Hima” for millennia. The Rangeland Strategy embraces this traditional, holistic concept, which effectively integrates natural resources, community life, ethics, animal welfare and more.

    Niger: 3N Initiative ‘Nigeriens Nourishing Nigeriens’ – Strategy for food security, nutrition, and sustainable agricultural development (2011-2015, 2016-2021)

    This is a large-scale, cross-sectoral initiative that is enhancing the sustainable agricultural development and socio-economic resilience of farmers and herders. The policy was developed in an inclusive and participatory process. Since 2011, Niger has reduced the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 50 per cent.

    The award ceremony will be held in September 2017in Ordos (Inner Mongolia, China) during the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP).


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  • Ethiopian Airlines reports annual profits up by 10%

    Ethiopia’s national carrier is flying high -- literally and profit-wise. Ethiopian Airlines' annual profit is up by 10 percent compared to last year. This is in stark contrast to other African carriers -- such as South African Airways and Nigeria's Arik Air -- which are battling to stay in the skies. CGTN's Girum Chala takes a look at the secret to success of the continent's largest airline.

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  • Dream Weddings: First Annual Addis Ababa Bridal Show

    Colourful flowers, flowing white dresses and a variety of other wedding décor filled the open area of the Millennium Hall last Saturday and Sunday as many brides and grooms-to-be flocked to the centre to attend the first ever Addis Ababa Bridal Show.

    Samrawit Takele, managing director of Romhay Travel Tour and Event Organizer, is the lady behind the event.  

    “2300 people attended the event in total. Events like this have happened before, but never this vast,” said Samrawit.

    The Addis Ababa Bridal Show, which was fully sponsored by Romhay Travel Tour and Event Organizer company, is set to be an annual event and according to Samrawit, will be taking place around the same time next year as it was a success for both the vendors as well as the future newlyweds.

    There were a variety of professional vendors that attended the event. With the show being held at the Millennium Hall, it was the perfect location for vendors to showcase what they had to offer the brides and grooms. The vendors included wedding photographers/videographers, dress shops, wedding décor stores, flower shops, hair/makeup consultants as well as travel offices to help with the honeymoon planning.

    With an entrance fee of 50 birr, the show was well worth it for the attendees, according to Samrawit, since many people connected well with the vendors.

    “People noticed that we meant business,” said Samrawit. “The vendors got a good connection and did a lot of business and everybody seem to really like it.”

    Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times in an individual’s life. According to the Daily Mail, one in six women cite planning a wedding as their most stressful life event and 23 percent of the men saying that it was the most stressful thing they have ever done.

    The purpose of the Addis Ababa Bridal Show was to decrease that stress by offering ideas and helping future newlyweds to plan their big day with the advice of all the vendors that were present. 

    The cost of an average Addis Ababa wedding estimated to be around 200,000 birr, events like this are important as it allows the bride, groom and their friends and family to potentially shop in one location and make their wedding planning easier.

    Read more at: The Reporter

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  • Tigray State nominated for world’s best policies for tackling land degradation award

    The six shortlisted policies are from Australia, Brazil, China, Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, Jordan, and Niger. The international 4 per 1000 initiative is also contending for the Future Policy Award.

    Hamburg/Bonn, 20 July 2017 – The 2017 Future Policy Award has released a shortlist of the world’s best policies for tackling land degradation, one of humanity’s foremost challenges that undermines food security, livelihoods and the health of hundreds of millions of people.

    The six shortlisted policies are from Australia, Brazil, China, Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, Jordan, and Niger. The international 4 per 1000 initiative is also contending for the Future Policy Award.

    The prestigious award, which focuses on a different area of policy progress each year, celebrates exemplary laws that create better living conditions for current and future generations.

    For this year’s award, the World Future Council teamed up with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to highlight laws and policies that contribute in two ways.

    First, laws that protect of life and livelihoods in the drylands. Drylands cover close to 40 per cent of the Earth’s land and are extremely vulnerable to over-exploitation, inappropriate land use and climate variability. They are among the most conflict- and drought-prone regions of the world.

    Droughts, which are getting more severe, frequent and widespread with climate change, are common in drylands, and can amplify tensions within and between communities. In the last century, droughts killed more people than any other weather-related catastrophe.

    Second, laws that advance Sustainable Development Goal 15, target 3, which is to combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.

    Political instability, deforestation, overgrazing and bad irrigation practices can all contribute to desertification. Without action to restore and rehabilitate degraded land, an estimated 135 million people are at risk of being displaced by desertification.


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