The Agriculture Growth Program (AGP) is a multi-donor funded comprehensive program anchored in the Ethiopian government’s focus on increasing sustainable agriculture growth. As a major component of the government’s five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), AGP complements existing programs, and promotes agricultural growth in targeted, potentially rich, but underdeveloped areas (woredas) of the country. The program’s key strategic priorities are:
- Agricultural production and commercialization through institutional strengthening, scaling up of best practices, market and agribusiness development; and
- Rural infrastructure development and management though small-scale agricultural water management and market infrastructure development.
The program targets 96 woredas in four regions of Ethiopia:
- 39 in Oromia
- 26 in Amhara
- 22 in Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s (SNNPR)
- 9 in Tigray
The woredas, which have been selected for their agriculture suitability, potential for irrigation, infrastructure, and institutional capacity, comprise AGP’s main beneficiaries of small and medium-scale farmers with an average land holding of less than 1 hectare (ranging between 0.25 and 2.3 hectares). Through AGP, women and young small-scale farmers are encouraged and enabled to have increased participation in the agricultural sector.
Site: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia