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Ethiopia Hosts 2nd International Coffee Conference

President of the FDRE, at Opening Ceremonies, seated with ECEA President Hussein Agraw and State Minister of Trade Yacob Yalla

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association (ECEA) brought together over 320 participants under the banner “Building a Sustainable Coffee Future”. The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), joined in partnership with the ECEA and other Ethiopian government and coffee industry leaders to host this strategically important… Read more »

Ethiopian Grain Trade Enterprise and Wheat Farmers Unions Partner

Senior management from EGTE and Galema FCU sign sales agreement

Ethiopian Grain Trade Enterprise (EGTE) and wheat marketing FCUs in Oromia and Amhara signed sales agreements for 1800 MT of quality wheat, with a value of 12.6 million birr ($660,000 USD) in 2013. AMDe facilitated this innovative partnership, connecting buyers directly with producers, to create an improved structured market system that will increase sales and… Read more »

AMDe Transfers Completed Sesame Warehouses

Metema Warehouse

In December 2013, AGP-AMDe completed handover of warehouses in the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. The warehouses of 5,000mt capacity were constructed on cost share basis with Metema and Selam farmer cooperative unions in the Amhara region and with Dansha Aurora and Setit Humera farmer cooperative unions in the Tigray region.   The construction… Read more »

Grants Issued in Support of Improved Chickpea Production

On July 1, 2012, the USAID-funded AGP-AMDe project awarded matching grants to the Becho Woliso Farmers’ Cooperative Union (FCU) and Lume Adama FCU to purchase 1,748 quintals of improved chickpea seed from the Asella Research Center as part of an agreement concluded with the Ethiopian Seed Enterprise. The seed will be distributed to approximately 2,650… Read more »

Successful Launch of Sell More For More (SMFM) Training Program

In June 2012, AGP-AMDe trainers launched SMFM, empowering union trainers to deliver the curriculum to their primary cooperatives. SMFM’s facilitative approach has been enthusiastically welcomed by the cooperatives and unions. Back in April, ACDI/VOCA’s Director of Training John Leary conducted a training of trainers (ToT) for AGP-AMDe staff and representatives from an Ethiopian consulting firm…. Read more »

A Natural Coffee Success in Ethiopia

AGP-AMDe helped coordinate a groundbreaking event with the Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association. The Conference was the first opportunity for the industry to discuss experiences and opportunities to collaborate. The opening session included Ethiopian Prime Minister HaileMariam Desalegne, the International Coffee Organization, the EU delegation Ambassador, and the USAID Mission Director, Mr. Dennis Weller. More than… Read more »

$5.5 Million Working Capital Loan Raised

One of the key challenges of Agricultural Finance in Ethiopia has been the risk associated with the agricultural sector. This is true in the case of most cooperative unions who are required to receive a guarantee from their respective regional government to obtain output financing, or otherwise be excluded from the normal credit facility provided… Read more »

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