EP catalyses markets’ development in four sectors, which are:
- Cotton, Textile, and Apparel (CTA)
- Fruits and Vegetables (FAV)
- Livestock and Leather (LAL); the three Agro-Industrial (AIG) sectors, and
The three AIG sectors provide livelihood for ca. 80% of Ethiopia’s farming population, contributing an estimated 45% of the agricultural GDP, having a 30% share of exports, and employing 200,000 people.
Some of the common challenges in these sectors include weak market skills, low productivity due to use of poor quality inputs, ineffective agricultural and post-harvest practices, thus resulting in low income and limited job potential for the poor.
Hence, EP will catalyse productivity improvements and investment in the three AIG sectors, while improving the performance of the Finance sector. Our support will include research to identify binding constraints and capacity building for key institutions, including firms in the private sector, to overcome key market failures, as well as work with Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to catalyse pro-poor growth.