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.

Mefthe TadesseCountry Director, Ethiopia

P.O. Box 100598
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 1 663 0017 Fax: +251 1 663 0018

Agriculture

Agriculture Projects in Ethiopia

Enhancing Sustainability and Increasing Coffee Incomes in Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone

Some of the highest quality coffee in the world comes from the Sidama Zone of Ethiopia, produced primarily by 200,000 smallholder farming families, most of whom continue to live in poverty due to small farm sizes and low productivity. Beginning in 2013, TechnoServe in partnership with IDH, Nestlé and Nestlé Nespresso is working to increase the income of these farmers by increasing the supply of high-quality, sustainable produce coffee.

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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…