Video: A Peek Inside an Ethiopian Coffee Plant

I’m in Ethiopia to scout locations for a new public television special about world hunger — and I’m learning a lot.

Right now, I’m at a coffee plant in Addis Ababa, where I was just treated to an unforgettable cup — surrounded by tons of beans. Join me in this clip for a fascinating peek at the local coffee industry and a quick lesson about development. Coffee may have originated in Ethiopia, but there’s still a big gap here between potential profit and actual profit.

 

 

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The Nasty Cs: Corruption, Conflict, and Climate Change

I’m in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the headquarters of the African Union — and I’m so inspired by their bold mission, I just had to share it with you.

First, it’s important to understand some history. Back when the industrialized nations of the West were becoming developed, colonial powers were actively “under-developing” Africa. For example, European colonial powers built up infrastructure in Africa — but they designed it to export African resources, rather than connect Africa’s many societies.

In this clip, you’ll meet Ibrahim Gariba. Ibrahim, who is from Ghana, helped me get a better grip on how the African Union is working to fight what I call “The Nasty Cs”— Corruption, Conflict, and Climate Change — and help Africa develop.

By the way, Ethiopia was never colonized (except for a short period of Italian occupation under Mussolini), so it’s no wonder that its capital, Addis Ababa, serves as a kind of diplomatic capital of the continent.

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Traveling — and Learning — in the Developing World

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Tena yistilign!  I’m kicking off a special trip through Ethiopia and Guatemala, and I’m excited to bring you along.

I’m traveling here to learn about the fundamentals of extreme poverty and smart development — and to scout locations for a new one-hour public television special about world hunger. I plan to return to film the show in April, and then release it about a year from now. All along, I’ll be connecting with smart and passionate people working on the ground in the developing world, where economies are kindling like never before. (And I’ll also be getting to know regular people, like these two delightful school girls in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, who showed me, in an unforgettable way, the fruits of a developing nation that is committed to providing education for all its children.)

There’s a lot to learn and a lot to share, so stay tuned for much more over the next few weeks.

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