Ethiopia Market Systems

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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 and enterprises are not integrated into commercial markets due to a lack of coordination, information, and access to markets.

 85% of total employment in Ethiopia is in the agricultural sector.

For over a decade, TechnoServe in Ethiopia has partnered with farmers, cooperatives, suppliers, agro-processor buyers, and other market actors--as well as the government--in order to develop competitive, inclusive agricultural market systems. We help farmers to increase productivity through training on improved agricultural practices; cooperatives and businesses to strengthen operations, governance, and sustainability; and multinational companies to sustainably source from smallholders. This work is grounded in advancing the country's green economy and environmental well-being, as well as gender equality, for which we maintain a strong commitment to internal and project gender equality targets.

Tricia WallaceInterim Country Director, Ethiopia

P.O. Box 100598
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 663 0017 Fax: +251 11 663 0018


Agriculture Projects in Ethiopia

Blog Posts


Ethiopia Pilot Tools for Stumping Program: Final Report

Survey: COVID-19 Challenges and Responses for African Food Processors, Second Edition

A survey of food processing firms in seven African countries reveals the challenges facing the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Survey: Africa’s Food Processors in the Face of COVID-19

TechnoServe surveyed 106 food processors, representing seven countries in Africa, on the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. This survey presents our findings.

Challenges and Responses for Africa’s Food Processors Facing COVID-19

TechnoServe offers a guide on the challenges and responses facing food processors during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on a survey of 106 food processors from seven African countries.

Coffee Initiative II Impact Audit Report from ImpactMatters

In 2017, TechnoServe engaged ImpactMatters, an impact audit firm founded with support from Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), to review several projects within our portfolio. This impact audit reviews the second phase of the Coffee Initiative, C.I. II, which was implemented by TechnoServe from 2012 to 2016 in Ethiopia, Kenya,…

Food Processing in Sub-Saharan Africa

This final report explores five years of impact through the Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE), a public-private partnership between TechnoServe, Partners in Food Solutions and the United States Agency for International Development that aimed to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector and expand the availability of…