Success stories

New Maize Seeds Produce Amazing Yields


Ethiopian Maize Farmer Marvels at Crop Stand that Produced Nearly Four Times as Much Produce AGP-AMDe led a maize seed awareness campaign in late 2014/15 aimed at popularizing the new BH661 maize hybrid variety in more than 100 demonstration sites in Amhara and SNNPR maize growing regions. The new maize hybrid variety BH-661 produced an… Read more »

Threshers Increase Efficiency and Grain Quality for Wheat Farmers in Ethiopia


Agribusiness Market Development (AMDe) is the Feed-the-Future initiative’s flagship program in Ethiopia. In the Wheat Value Chain, the program focuses on stimulating farmer cooperatives, agribusinesses, and processors to collaboratively and effectively respond to the market to become more productive and competitive. “The threshing machine has relieved not only the individual farmer and his family members… Read more »

Modern Technology Opens Up High Price Markets for Sesame Cooperatives in Ethiopia


Marketing Federation Makes History and Exports High Quality Sesame to Japan “This machine will enable TMF to reach niche markets like Japan, Israel, US and Europe and develop confidence all along the value chain from member PCs and farmers to financial institutions and buyers” -Yemane Woldegebriel, Tigray Marketing Federation, General Manager Although sesame seeds are… Read more »

Improved Yirgacheffe Coffee FCU Looks to Double Exports in 2015


New processing plant, USAID support and financing allow YCFCU to meet a higher demand from international buyers Over the last several years, the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperatives Union (YCFCU) has turned away buyers due to the inability to fulfill orders. Both timeliness and quality have hindered the union from realizing the full potential of its… Read more »

From Crop-to-Cup: USAID Supports Investment in Ethiopia’s Specialty Coffee Industry

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Members of the East Coast Impact Angel Network (EIAN) invested into METAD, an Ethiopian specialty coffee company. METAD used the investment to establish a coffee processing facility on its coffee farm. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) facilitated the investment through its Agricultural Growth Program Agribusiness and Market Development project, which is the flagship… Read more »

Ethiopian Coffee Shows Generate New Linkages

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USAID AMDe marketing and business faciltiation activities linked producers directly with experienced buyers, who appreciate the distinctive aspects of Ethiopian coffee and recognize the improved quality from the focus and grassroots training. Under the Ethiopian Fine Coffees banner, coffee partners have participated in two international trade shows and a trade mission to the US that… Read more »

Ethiopia Hosts Oilseed Industry Leaders from around the Globe

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More than 460 Ethiopian and international importers, exporters, invited guests and government officials from around the world attended the third international conference on pulses, oilseeds and spices on November 13th and 14th. In addition to sponsoring the conference, USAID AGP-AMDe partnered with the Ethiopian Federal Cooperative Agency to sponsor 10 export ready farmers’ cooperative unions… Read more »

Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network Launch

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On Friday, the 30th of May, 2014, The Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network (WALN) launched with support from USAID. WALN aims to increase Ethiopia’s agribusiness productivity and competitiveness by advancing women’s leadership. According to Mr. Tewodros Yeshiwork, Agriculture Productivity Advisor, Office of Economic Growth and Transformation, USAID/Ethiopia, “This is an opportunity… Read more »

From Sample Blended Fertilizers to Ample Yields

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Over the past five decades, fertilizer sources in Ethiopia have been limited to Urea and DAP which only deliver nitrogen and phosphorus nutrients. As a result, indications have emerged that the agricultural soils are facing a hidden hunger from lack of other essential nutrients. This is exacerbated by Ethiopian fertilizer rates that are below international… Read more »


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