Market & Agribusiness Development

Value Chains

A value chain is a series of actors and activities that bring a product or service from conception to sale in its final markets—whether local, national, regional or global. Value chains include input suppliers, producers, processors and buyers. These actors are supported by a range of technical, business and financial service providers, all of whom operate in a business enabling environment that either facilitates or hinders value chain development and competitiveness.

 Currently, the Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) works in 96 Woredas to increase the competitiveness of value chains and the productivity of actors all along the chains, including large numbers of smallholders, commercial farmers, traders, agro-processors and exporters. The targeted value chains are Sesame, Chickpea, Coffee, Honey, Wheat, Maize, Teff, Barley, Livestock, Meat, Dairy and Sorghum.

 The AGP - Agribusiness and Market Development (AGP-AMDe) program implements a value chain expansion project through a performance-oriented contract, seeking to transform and commercialize the agricultural sector, resulting in expanded rural incomes and diversified employment opportunities. The project assists in developing a stronger private sector able to meet demands of domestic and export markets through linkages with farmers and smallholders, increased productivity, and improved post-harvest practices. Ethiopia’s public sector also plays an important role in this transformation by strengthening the enabling environment and public-sector extension and input (seed and fertilizer) systems.

 AGP-AMDe has had success in establishing market linkages for Farmers’ Cooperative Unions (FCUs), assisting FCUs in obtaining seats at the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), facilitating more exports by funding the construction of warehouses and promoting out grower schemes as a way to control the quality of available output for trade.



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Ethiopian Wheat Ethiopia is the largest wheat producer in Sub-Saharan Africa and has a favorable wheat growing climatic environment. Predominantly grown by subsistence farmers under rain-fed conditions, wheat is the 4th important cereal crop in the country. Although Ethiopia is the largest wheat producer in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is reliant on foreign wheat imports to… Read more »



Ethiopian Maize Ethiopia is the fifth largest producer of maize in Africa and smallholder farmers make up 94 % of the crop production. The country produces non-GMO white maize, the preferred type of maize in neighboring markets. As the cheapest source of caloric intake in Ethiopia, providing 16.7 % of per capita calorie intake nationally,… Read more »



Ethiopian Chickpea Chickpea is one of the major pulses grown in Ethiopia, mainly by subsistence farmers under rain fed conditions. It is one of the main annual crops in Ethiopia both in terms of its share of the total cropped pulse area and its role in direct human consumption. Ethiopia is the world’s fifth largest… Read more »



Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopia is a unique coffee origin, boasting biological and cultural diversity in coffee. As the birthplace of Arabica coffee, Ethiopia is also home to large quantities of coffee in both of the world’s major production styles: sundried natural, and full washed. Ethiopia’s coffee grows in distinct geographic areas and microclimates. With hundreds of… Read more »



Ethiopian Honey The role of apiculture for sustainable development in different Ethiopian agro-ecological zones is highly recognized as these activities are less affected by drought than other agricultural activities. There are approximately 1.5 million beekeepers in Ethiopia and 8 to 10 million bee colony hives. With its unique characteristics including its white, gold, and red… Read more »



Ethiopian Sesame Ethiopia’s unique bio-diversities and diverse agro-ecology make it one of the centers of distinct sesame production, standing 4th globally and 2nd in world export market. Ethiopian sesame is renowned for its high oil content, rich and nutty flavor. The Humera type is a high demand product for its especially whitish color, seed size… Read more »



The estimate of total cow milk production for the rural sedentary areas of Ethiopia during the past year, is about 3.80 billion liters. However, milk and milk product consumption in Ethiopia is much below the standard set by the World Health Organization. AGP-LMD assists dairy producer groups, milk collectors, processors and other supporting businesses to… Read more »

Meat/Live Animals


AGP-LMD works closely with actors in the middle segment of the cattle and shoats meat and live animal value chain, and assists them to expand market reach and become enterprises that are more efficient. AGP-LMD also creates stronger market linkages, based on mutual benefits and synergies amongst actors at different levels of the value chain…. Read more »


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