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Agricultural Growth Program (AGP-I)

$51.5 million to boost incomes of rural people and increase food security by developing the untapped potential of high-potential areas.


Smallholder agriculture is the most important sector of Ethiopia’s economy. More than 80% of the population lives in rural areas, and their main source of income is agriculture. The agricultural sector accounts for about 45% of GDP, almost 90% of exports, and 85% of employment. Despite recent positive developments in smallholder agriculture, yields remain low, and many geographical areas have unexploited potential for productivity growth. The exposure to climatic risk like extreme weather events is high, especially in light of the low capacity to store water and irrigate.


The objective of the Agriculture Growth Program (AGP-I) was to increase agricultural productivity and market access for key crop and livestock products in targeted woredas (districts), with a focus on the participation of women and young people. The project addressed drawbacks in agricultural production and productivity, and focused on scaling up investments and technologies with a proven track record in the country. The project supported agricultural production and commercialization by strengthening key public advisory services, establishing and strengthening farmer organizations, scaling up best practices in agricultural production, developing markets and agribusiness, and developing and managing small-scale infrastructure.

Additional financing will support to the Agricultural Growth Project (AGP-II) to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization of smallholder farmers.

Project Status






Focus area

  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

FAO World Bank

669,956 people benefited from the project, including both male and female farmers, young people, household members, and farmers benefitting from the improved access to and quality of public agricultural services.


26,530 hectares were provided with new irrigation and drainage services, and 10,190 hectares were provided with improved or rehabilitated irrigation and drainage services. 8, 578 farmers benefited from the irrigation investments– 12,051 of which were women and 6,432 youth. 604 WUAs were operational under the project, which ensured the sustainability of the schemes, 155 of which are legally registered.


537,335 farmers –84,903 of which were women and 62,870 were youth– adopted best practice technologies of crop, livestock, and natural resources management, including row planting, use of chemical fertilizers, the adoption of inorganic fertilizers, and the use of improved seeds.

Work with Us

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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