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Establishment of a value chain for sesame and avocado oil (Ethiopia)


Titre Establishment of a value chain for sesame and avocado oil (Ethiopia)

Pays :Ethiopie

Durée : 2018 to 2021

Commissioned by : German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The south-west region of Ethiopia is one of the five biggest producers of avocados in sub-Saharan Africa. Avocados are cultivated mainly as an integral component of coffee farmland and agroforestry systems. However, the avocado sector in Ethiopia is still in its infancy and its great potential has by no means been harnessed to the full. To date, most avocados have been exported in unprocessed form which means that they do not generate any added value locally within the country. Sesame is Ethiopia’s second most important export product after coffee. The country is the second largest exporter of sesame in the world behind India. Ethiopia has excellent cultivation conditions, which means that high-quality raw materials are available for the organic market. However, insufficient knowledge regarding cultivation, harvesting and processing leads to harvest losses of around 13 per cent. 95 per cent of sesame is exported in unprocessed form. As a result, the country loses out on a lot of added value. Ethiopian producers often do not have access to premium markets as a consequence of high international standards and food quality requirements. This means that they miss out on higher incomes. There are currently only five small or medium-sized companies that process sesame in Ethiopi

There is local value creation with a market-oriented, diversified and competitive avocado and sesame sector.

In cooperation with Ethiopian partner companies, GIZ is expanding the existing value chains for sesame and setting up new value chains for avocados : from cultivation and processing, right through to the export of products. In this context, the partners are providing small-scale farmers from cooperatives with training in sustainable harvesting and cultivation methods for avocados. They are educating trainers who themselves will provide training over the course of the project to 600 small-scale farmers– so-called lead farmers – and to 80 workers at avocado collection points. Subsequently, the 600 lead farmers will provide training to farmers from their cooperatives. The aim of the measure is to reach up to 30,000 small-scale farmers. In addition, the small-scale farmers are given harvesting equipment, climbing and safety equipment for climbing avocado trees, which can be up to 25 metres high, and transport and storage materials. This ‘Farmer Business School’ approach teaches small-scale farmers entrepreneurial skills in areas such as financial and farm management and food security.

Partenaire : Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V.

Présentation : GIZ

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