Ethiopian Farmers to Benefit from 20 US-Funded Service Centers


A total of 10 private entrepreneurs and 10 Ethiopian farmers’ cooperative unions will be supported through grants totaling 22 million birr to open the centers.

By Milly W. Maina (Footprint to Africa) |

Ethiopian farmers are set to get advice, receive training; and the opportunity to purchase quality, reasonably-priced and region-appropriate seeds, fertilizers and other farm supply from 20 farm service centers (FSCs) in four regional states.

The one-stop-shops are a joint effort between Feed the Future, the United States Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative; the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA); and Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).

A total of 10 private entrepreneurs and 10 farmers’ cooperative unions will be supported through grants totaling 22 million birr to open the centers.

They are in addition to six centers already established in the Oromia region.

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The grant award ceremony will be held on Wednesday December 21, 2016.

With a population of over 90 million people, Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies on the continent. Its economy is dependent on agriculture which accounts for 45 per cent of GDP and 90 per cent of exports.

Feed the Future’s work in Ethiopia targets investments in specific regions for maximum impact. Feed the Future farmers have earned $46 million in new income from agricultural product sales and the initiative has leveraged $28 million in new investments so far.

Source: Footprint to Africa
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