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.
GAFSP is co-financing the second phase of the Agricultural Growth Project (AGP) to sustainably increase agricultural production and
productivity of selected crop and livestock commodities, to establish market linkages and accelerate commercialization, to increase access to and build the capacity of smallholder farmers for efficient water and crop management, to improve dietary diversification
for better health, and to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers to adopt and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
- Climate Change
- World Bank
Although new to the GAFSP portfolio, the project is well under way given that AGP-II has been on-going since 2015 with funds by other donors. To date, 669,956 poor people have been reached, of which about a third are women. A total of 927 smallscale irrigation schemes have been constructed covering approximately 7,252 ha. Field days were organized to publicize improved technologies that were demonstrated by model farmers and through farmer training centers. Of those who participated in the field days, a total of 597,634 farmers, of whom 178,253 (30 percent) were female, adopted at least one aspect of the demonstrated technologies. In terms of technology, 288 proven and newly recommended agricultural technologies were demonstrated accompanied by a full package for further scaling up including 181 crop technologies, 33 livestock technologies, 46 water and land technologies, 22 agricultural mechanization and 6 socio-economic research.
Task Team Leader and Senior Agricultural Specialist
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