Effects of credit guarantee scheme in opening up lending to smallholder coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia examined

Coffee value chain experts at the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International have led new research which examines the effects of a partial credit guarantee scheme in increasing lending to credit constrained farmer cooperatives in Ethiopia – Africa’s largest coffee … Continue reading Effects of credit guarantee scheme in opening up lending to smallholder coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia examined

Ethiopia: Pandemic struck amid slowing growth, locust invasion, and disease outbreaks

Infrastructure investments, poverty reduction, and a significant political opening gave Ethiopia advantages at the outset of the pandemic—with plans in place for the country’s first democratic elections in August 2020, which are now postponed. But slowing economic growth, rising debt … Continue reading Ethiopia: Pandemic struck amid slowing growth, locust invasion, and disease outbreaks

Inclusive and sustainable rice system to transform Kenya’s food system: Lessons from the East African Conference

As part of the 2021 East African Rice Conference (EARC), national workshops were held in six African countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. EARC aimed to identify policy reforms to transform Africa’s rice sector through scientific innovations, and … Continue reading Inclusive and sustainable rice system to transform Kenya’s food system: Lessons from the East African Conference

Ethiopia: Agricultural enterprises set to flourish after removal of taxes on mechanisation

When Ethiopian Abraham Endrias founded agro-mechanization company Green Agro-Solution Plc six years ago, he was only one of a few entrepreneurs offering the service.  That was because the hefty taxes (35-45%) at the time made it costly for businesses to import farm … Continue reading Ethiopia: Agricultural enterprises set to flourish after removal of taxes on mechanisation

Inspiring the youth towards smart farming through small-scale irrigation

Small-scale irrigation is giving the youth, especially those previously neglected in rural settings, a fighting chance to secure livelihoods and become smallholder farmers. Small-scale irrigation is creating employment opportunities for young people across rural Ethiopia.In the highly populated highlands of … Continue reading Inspiring the youth towards smart farming through small-scale irrigation