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.
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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.
Mr. Kevin John Crockford
Senior Rural Development Specialist
Based in Kampala.
Mr. Teklu Tesfaye (Task Team Leader)
Senior Agriculture Economist
Based in Addis Ababa.
Mr. Hassen Ali
FAO Representative for Ethiopia
Based in Addis Ababa.
Mr. Hussein Kebede
FAO, based in Addis Ababa.
- World Bank Implementation Completion Report (2017)
- IEG Implementation Completion Report Review
- GAFSP Specific Project Paper - December 2011
- Original Project Appraisal Document - September 2010
- FAO Technical Assistance Document - June 2012
- IFPRI Agricultural Growth Program Baseline report - December 2012