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African Farmers Must Be Tied to Markets, Ethiopia Commodities Chief Says

Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin
October 15, 2010

Farmers in Ethiopia, with experience in commodity trading, “think global and multinational, rather than thinking local,” she said. “That means they’re able to make better decisions on when to sell” and pay closer attention to crop quality, she said.

Ethiopia is the world’s sixth-biggest coffee producer and fifth-largest grower of lentils, chickpeas, sesame and sorghum, according to the United Nations. The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange trades corn, wheat, coffee, white and red kidney beans and soon will be adding sesame. The country’s agricultural sector suffers from frequent drought and poor cultivation practices, according to the U.S. government.

The World Food Prize recognizes achievement in food and agriculture that alleviates hunger and poverty globally. The annual conference brings together governments, businesses and humanitarian organizations to discuss farming and international development.
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Eleni Gabre-Madhin on Ethiopian economics – TEDGlobal 2007


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4 comments on “African Farmers Must Be Tied to Markets, Ethiopia Commodities Chief Says

  1. I would like to see well-educated Ethiopians like this lady to stand up and do what her loved country expect from her in terms of delivering her service without any constraint. We ethiopians have a problem of admiring our own brothers and sisters doing their best to elevate the status of their country on the stage of globe. They are trying that image of people who canot feed themselves to people who could better if the causes and solutions are powered by their people cooperation and dedication. We ethiopians have problem of suspecting, jeoulsey, and bringing dawn people when we see they are raising and lifting themeselves and their country. Let us learn appereciating this woman who deserves all respect and admiration. I see it that way how to evaluate all her effort to be successful enterpernour and be example to any one whpo learnes from her.

  2. (Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin, Ph.D., is chief operating officer of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange.)
    I would like to see well-educated Ethiopians like this lady to stand up and do what her loved country expect from her in terms of delivering her service without any constraint. We Ethiopians have a problem of admiring our own brothers and sisters doing their best to elevate the status of their country on the stage of globe. They are trying that image of people who cannot feed themselves to people who could do better if the causes and solutions are powered by their people cooperation and dedication. We Ethiopians have problem of suspecting, jealousy, and bringing dawn people when we see they are raising and lifting themselves and their country. Let us learn appreciating this woman who deserves all respect and admiration. I see it that way how to evaluate all her effort to be successful entrepreneur and be example to any one who learns from her.

  3. she should go back to her own country igrai. A colonist is always a colonist. Tigre ain`t Got shit to do with coffee production.

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