Ethiopia

Overview

With one of the fastest growing non-oil economies in Africa, Ethiopia presents tremendous opportunities for inclusive growth. Agriculture accounts for 85 percent of total employment and more than 45 percent of the gross domestic product.

However, many smallholder farmers are not integrated into commercial markets due to a lack of coordination, information and access to markets. Since 2009, TechnoServe has been working to address these challenges, with a focus on supporting smallholder coffee farmers. As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia has a climate and terrain well-suited for producing high-quality beans. TechnoServe is helping coffee farmers sustainably boost their incomes by improving quality, productivity and business practices.

Impact

As part of the Coffee Initiative, TechnoServe has helped establish 123 cooperative-owned wet mills, creating opportunities for 95,483 smallholder farmers to boost their incomes.

Stories

Ethiopian Farmers Find Value in High-Quality Coffee

A remote community benefits when a cooperative connects with international buyers and earns a premium price for its coffee.

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Brewing Good

Our Coffee Initiative is helping East African farmers to build better lives, one coffee bean at a time.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Supporting Smallholder Coffee Farmers

Coffee contributes more than 30 percent of annual export earnings, and provides a livelihood for over one million households. Since 2009, TechnoServe helped establish 90 new farmer-owned wet mills across Ethiopia as part of the Coffee Initiative. These wet mills have given smallholder farmers a way to produce consistent, high-quality washed coffee and earn premiums averaging 50 percent above the price of unwashed coffee. In the program’s first year, a cooperative with a new wet mill located near the town of Jimma took top prize at the national Taste of Harvest event. In 2012, a TechnoServe-assisted cooperative in Agaro won the Africa Taste of Harvest competition. TechnoServe is continuing its work by providing agronomy training to over 50,000 coffee farmers in Ethiopia.

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Promoting Sustainable Water Management

Hundreds of millions of liters of effluent are discharged into the rivers of Ethiopia’s Sidamo region during coffee processing without adequate waste water management. This polluted water then becomes source water for communities and wet mills downstream. The problem has become so acute that legislation was passed to prevent new wet mill construction within five kilometers existing wet mills. TechnoServe is currently working with 10 Sidamo wet mills to implement appropriate water purification solutions, from constructing shallow evaporation lagoons to installing grass-based wetland treatment systems. TechnoServe will support an additional 20 wet mills implement sustainable water management practices over the next two years.

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Supporting Farmer Cooperatives

As part of the Maize Alliance in Ethiopia, TechnoServe is supporting nine farmer-owned cooperative unions, which are umbrella organizations for primary cooperatives, to improve their access to markets. Through training and coaching, TechnoServe strengthens the cooperatives’ business and financial management skills as well as implementation capacity, with the immediate objective of delivering on contract agreements to the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative.

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Blog Posts

April 8, 2014

Photo of the Week: Better Breads in Ethiopia

A hands-on baking training for Ethiopian food processors and bakeries aims to improve the production, innovation and quality of local goods.

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March 20, 2014

Promoting Clean Water and Sustainable Coffee in Ethiopia

In honor of World Water Day, we share the story of an Ethiopian village that is benefiting from a natural solution to treating wastewater from coffee processing.

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March 11, 2014

A Business Approach to Staple Crops in Ethiopia

Partnering with the World Food Program, TechnoServe is helping Ethiopian small-scale staple crop farmers improve their business practices and connect with large buyers.

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Contact

TechnoServe Ethiopia

P.O. Box 100598
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: +251 1 663 0017
Fax: +251 1 663 0018

Mefthe Tadesse

Country Director
mtadesse@tns.org

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