News: Ethiopian Airlines, USAID partner to Source food from local farmers for in-flight meals

News: Ethiopian Airlines, USAID partner to Source food from local farmers for in-flight meals

This partnership agreement will run through December 2022 and will help pave the way for Ethiopian Airlines and local producers and farmers


Addis Abeba, October 16/2020 – Today, Ethiopian Airlines and the United States announced a new partnership agreement that will enable the nation’s flagship carrier to source locally grown produce and ingredients for preparing in-flight meals for global passengers.

Ethiopian
Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam and U.S. Ambassador Michael
Raynor signed a memorandum of understanding in which the U.S. Agency for
International Development
(USAID) will provide Ethiopian farmers and food producers technical
assistance and access to financing in order to ensure they are able to
meet the airlines’ standards of quality and volume to serve its
customers. These new business linkages will help farmers
and local agribusinesses reach a prominent new market and increase
their revenue streams – with annual sales as high as $10 million in
total – while providing Ethiopian Airlines farm-fresh ingredients
sourced directly from Ethiopia, reducing the need for foreign
suppliers’ processed foods for their catering services.

USAID
support will help Ethiopian Airlines identify local suppliers for the
list of catering materials the airline might potentially require, as
well as provide support
to farmer cooperative unions, youth groups, women groups and other
local agriculture businesses to enable them to meet production
requirements. A U.S. government loan facility also will expand access to
financing for local companies, farmer cooperative unions,
and others to expand their operations as needed to meet the Ethiopian
Airlines quality and supply demands.

“We
deeply value our relationship with USAID and extend our appreciation to
USAID for all the support. The new partnership consolidates our effort
to continue providing high-quality inflight
meals to global passengers while intensifying our effort in creating an
enabling environment for local farmers across the value chain. We would
like to maintain our partnership with USAID on a range of spheres,”
said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam. 

“The
partnership we’re launching today demonstrates what’s achievable when
prominent businesses like Ethiopian Airlines invest in other Ethiopian
businesses and individuals, resulting in
truly home-grown economic success that has the potential to be a model
for other sectors,” said Ambassador Raynor.

This partnership agreement will run through December 2022 and will help pave the way for Ethiopian Airlines and local producers and farmers groups to continue these supply linkages and partnerships into the future. Dispatch

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