The new headquarters of the International Livestock Centre for Africa (I.L.C.A.) were officially opened near the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Wednesday (1 October).
GV Poster denoting "International Livestock Centre for Africa"
GV Traditional Ethiopian musicians and dancers performing National Theatre artists (2 shots)
GV Arrival of Ethiopian leader, Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam, being greeted by centre officials
GV Officials applaud Colonel Mengistu from stage (2 shots)
GV Colonel Mengistu being presented with flowers
GV Colonel Mengistu unveiling plaque to commemorate opening of Livestock Centre
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Background: The new headquarters of the International Livestock Centre for Africa (I.L.C.A.) were officially opened near the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Wednesday (1 October). The ILCA was established by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research in 1971 to hasten the agricultural development in regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
SYNOPSIS: The new headquarters are located at Shola eight kilometres from the capital.
Artists from the National Theatre of Ethiopia were present at the official opening to present traditional song and dancing. About half the ILCA's international resources are concentrated on land development programmes in the country's highlands. The main aim is to improve mixed farming system for smaller holdings.
The special guest at the opening was Ethiopia's leader, Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam, who was met at Shola by officials of the Livestock Centre. The Centre will be used as a conference centre and research and administration block.
Colonel Mengistu, a fervent supporter of the work of the ILCA, was applauded as he took the stage to be presented with flowers. He told the crowd that although industrialisation was the key to development in rich countries, improved agriculture was the stepping stone in the progress of economically backward regions. The Centre was officially opened when Colonel Mengistu unveiled a commemorative plaque.