World Bulletin / News Desk
A research center has been inaugurated in Addis Ababa with the aim of providing Ethiopia, a country in which agriculture has long been a mainstay of economy, with a viable green-growth strategy to help it tackle the challenges of climate change.
The Ethiopian Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) aims to "support pioneering clean-technology enterprises that address climate change, while creating jobs and improving livelihoods," according to a statement made available at a Thursday launch ceremony.
"First of its kind in the country, the center will help over 3.1 million Ethiopians increase resilience to climate change," the statement noted, adding that the ECIC was expected "to create more than 12,000 jobs in the next ten years."
Agriculture accounts for approximately 46 percent of Ethiopia's overall GDP and 80 percent of national employment, according to official statistics.
According to a recent World Bank report, entitled "Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change," without a proper green-growth strategy, Ethiopia's total climate adaptation costs could reach as high as $5.84 billion per year.
The ECIC, the statement noted, would provide financing, mentorship, and advisory services to Ethiopia's growing number of local clean-tech entrepreneurs working in the fields of agribusiness, energy efficiency, renewable energy and biofuels.
"The ECIC is like a wake-up call for all small initiatives in Ethiopia: it stimulates us to keep on developing ourselves, to further improve our technologies, to establish a company; it calls us to be entrepreneurs," Ethiopian innovator Getu Alemayehu was quoted by the statement as saying.
Alemayehu, who, along with many other young innovative entrepreneurs, receives support from the center, said he was developing an efficient biogas stove that will drastically reduce fuel wood consumption.
The ECIC is part of the Climate Technology Program (CTP), which is supported by infoDev, a multi-donor fund that seeks to help young innovators produce and promote their inventions. The fund is currently implementing a global network of innovation centers in seven other countries.
The ECIC – supported by Norway, UKAid and the World Bank – is managed by a consortium led by the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center, a regional institution hosted by Addis Ababa University, along with other public- and private-sector partners.Last Mod: 28 Mart 2014, 17:14