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Agricultural Growth Project II (AGP-II)

$30 million in additional financing to the Agricultural Growth Project (AGP) in Ethiopia to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization of smallholder farmers.


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. 

Project Status






Focus area

  • Climate Change

Supervising entity

FAO 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.


Vikas Choudhary
Task Team Leader and Senior Agricultural Specialist

Hussein Kebede

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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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