Working towards food security and economic development in Ethiopia, the Netherlands Embassy supports the following projects and partners:

Agribusiness Support Facility (ABSF)

Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) is a 4-year program financed by the Royal Dutch Embassy in Addis Ababa, and hosted by the BENEFIT-office of Wageningen University in Addis Ababa.
ENTAG aims to stimulate agribusiness in Ethiopia to contribute to enhancing food, income and trade sustainability, and to increase agribusiness productivity, trade and foreign direct investment by strengthening the private sector in working more effectively with smallholders in applying new technologies and accessing finance for investment purposes. Link to ENTAG

Activity: Agribusiness Support
Implementing organisation: BENEFIT

Agricultural Growth Project (AGP)

The AGP was initiated by the Ethiopian government to improve agricultural productivity and market access for key crop and livestock products in more than 90 districts (woredas) with increased participation of women and youth. There are two major components to the project. The first component deals with agricultural production and commercialisation with the aim to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers and their service providers to scale up best practices and adopt improved technologies. The second component works on rural infrastructure development, from small-scale irrigation schemes to rural roads and market centres. Link to AGP 

The Netherlands are one of the major contributors to the AGP together with other development partners like the World Bank, USAID and Canada’s DFATD. Aligned to the AGP the Netherlands Embassy supports the CASCAPE project and in 2014 a Small-Scale Irrigation Support Project will start.

Activity: Agricultural Growth Plan
Implementation organisations: World Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture

Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)

The Government of Ethiopia established the ATA by Federal Regulation in December 2010 as a catalyst for positive, transformational and sustainable change. The primary aim of the agency is to promote agricultural sector transformation by supporting existing structures of government, private sector and other non-governmental partners to address systemic bottlenecks for achieving growth and food security.

The focus is on the seed sector, soil fertility management, cooperatives, input/output markets and extension systems. The value chains that were identified are: teff, maize, sesame, wheat and pulses. The Netherlands Embassy together with other development partners like the Gates Foundation, USAID and Canada’s DFATD contribute to the ATA’s activities. Link to ATA 

Activity: Agricultural Transformation

AgriProFocus (APF)

AgriProFocus is a partnership with Dutch roots that promotes entrepreneurship in farming in developing countries. The partnership was founded in 2005 with the aim of rallying together professionals, expertise and resources around a joint interest in farmer entrepreneurship. The AgriProFocus network members are organisations and companies that gather, train, connect and provide inputs and credit to entrepreneurs in farming and producer organisations. In Ethiopia, especially ICCO, SNV, CordAid, Wageningen UR, TerraFina and Agriterra are active and have joined forces. In regular discussions between the Embassy and APF members priority themes have been agreed upon for joint action, in particular: access to finance, gender in value-chains and contract farming. Link to APF

Activity: Agrihub


CASCAPE stands for ‘Capacity building for scaling up of evidence-based best practices in agricultural production in Ethiopia’. The project is a joint effort of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia by training farmers and local trainers to identify best practices and implement them on a larger scale. CASCAPE is executed in close cooperation with the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP) of the Ethiopian government. Link to CASCAPE 

Activity: AGP Innovation
Implementing organisation: WUR-Alterra

Ethiopian Horticultural Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA)

EHPEA was established in 2002 as a non-profit making, non-governmental organisation. It is the only national association that facilitates horticulture export in the country. The association encompasses the whole horticulture sector namely vegetables, fruits and flowers. The Netherlands Embassy supports EHPEA through the Horticulture Partnership. The Partnership strengthens the commercial horticulture sector through trainings and business support activities. Link to EHPEA 

Activity: Horticulture partnership

Ethiopian-Netherlands Business Association (ENLBA)

As the successor of the informal Dutch Business Community the Ethiopian-Netherlands Business Association (ENLBA) was established to better assist the current Dutch businesses in Ethiopia as well as the new and coming.

The ENLBA acts as a practical hands-on helpdesk, but and more importantly; it is there to facilitate the exchange of experience between the members of the Dutch Business Community. The association started in 2013, with some support of the Netherlands Embassy. As a member organisation it aims to be self-sustainable and autonomous in the near future. Link to ENLBA

Activity: Business Support

Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund)

The FSRE fund aims to support innovations in the area of food security and farmer entrepreneurship by Ethiopian civil society actors and entrepreneurs. It is meant to be ‘pro-poor’, focusing on small farmers and taking gender-sensitive and environmental concerns seriously. [Source: AgriProFocus]
The fund is geared to grant funding of activities proposed and implemented by Ethiopian organisations and coalitions. It will be flexible and open to financing of all types of activities, which focus on innovations that benefit food security and entrepreneurship of farmers, producer organisations as well as small and medium enterprises. Link to FSRE Fund 

Activity: FSRE Fund
Implementation organisation: ICCO-Uganda

Horn of Africa – Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N)

HoA-REC&N focuses on environmental concerns and sustainable development options within the Horn of Africa. The centre is an autonomous institution under the Addis Ababa University. It facilitates, strengthens and advocates for initiatives related to environmental conservation and natural resource management.

The Netherlands Embassy supports HoA-REC&N in their work in the Central Rift Valley and Gambella areas of Ethiopia. Both areas suffer from increased pressure on the land due to either large-scale agricultural investments or population pressure and intensive agriculture. The two activities aim at balancing the different land use functions in a more sustainable way. Link to HoAREC

Activity: Gambella/ CRV Landscapes

Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD)

Seed is an essential input for crop production. Key issues in analysing the contribution of seed to agricultural output are availability, quantity, quality and affordability, which mean physical access to the right seed at the right time for the right price.
The ISSD programme believes that creating enabling and evolving policies will stimulate farmers, community-based seed producers, cooperatives, and small to medium entrepreneurs as well as international seed companies to enter into the seed sector, thereby greatly contributing to seed supply. Link to ISSD 

Activity: Seed sector
Implementing organisation: WUR-CDI

NL Agency

Soon to be called the Netherlands Enterprise Agency is an agency under the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs that carries out policy and subsidy programmes focusing on sustainability, innovation, international business and cooperation. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is the number one contact point for businesses, knowledge institutions and government bodies who are seeking information and advice about financing, networking and regulatory matters.

It supports various programmes in the field of sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging markets i.e. PSI, FDOV, PUM. Soon the NL Agency will host the Dutch Good Growth Fund. Link to NL Agency 

Activity: Business development

Pesticides Risk Reduction Project (PRRP)

The overall goal of the PRRP programme is to contribute to a sustainable pesticide management system in Ethiopia in order to regulate pesticide use by farmers. It takes into account the whole pesticide life cycle from registration and procurement, import/local manufacture of pesticides to distribution, use and monitoring including quality control and waste management. It also aims to improve the environment, health of growers and the surrounding community as well as to stimulate the economic performance of the Ethiopian agricultural sector. In 2010 the Government of Ethiopia, with support from The Netherlands, initiated this project. Link to PRRP 

Activity: Pesticides reduction
Implementing organisation: WUR-Alterra

Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP)

In Ethiopia, currently 29.6% of the population (25 million people) are said to be living below the country’s poverty line and food insecurity plagues the region, which is made up primarily of rural farmers [Teferi, 2012]. The dire circumstances in the country are what led to the introduction of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) in 2005.

This programme is designed to transfer resources to chronically food insecure households and develop long-term solutions to food insecure families. The annual budget for the PSNP currently amounts to approximately US$ 225 million and there are close to ten donors that contribute to financing this initiative alongside the Government of Ethiopia. Link to World Bank 

Activity: Safety Net Programme
Implementation organisations: World Bank, in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture

Sesame Business Network (SBN)

Sesame is an important agribusiness sector in Ethiopia and is one of the six priority crops of the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP). Ethiopia is the fourth biggest producer and second biggest exporter of sesame in the world.

Although it already has a significant turnover, the sector has substantial potential for further growth in terms of production and yield improvement, reduction of post-harvest losses, domestic value addition, market access and turnover.

The Sesame Business Network (SBN) is largely an informal innovation network in northwest Ethiopia that is driven by local entrepreneurs and other stakeholders working in the sesame production and business sector. Link to SBN

Activity: sesame agribusiness
Implementing organisation: WUR-CDI

UNICEF Ethiopia

UNICEF was created in December 1946. Since then, it has promoted the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

In Ethiopia, UNICEF supported the government to set up the National Nutrition Programme (NNP) to combat malnutrition, to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to implement Community-Based Nutrition (CBN) in four regions. Besides its financial support the Embassy of the Netherlands plays an active role in the multi-donor programme of community-based nutrition implemented by UNICEF. Link to UNICEF Ethiopia

Activity: Community Based Nutrition
In collaboration with: Ministry of Health