The Fruits and Vegetables (FAV) sector strategy targets the creation of 10,000 jobs (75% women) and the improvement of 30,000 household incomes via the generation of £24m in investments.

By the end of 2015, EP was active in the processing market (start-up of tomato processing plant and opportunity assessment of other crops processing) commercial farms export, and input market (seedling business expansion, and opportunity assessment of input kit marketing business for SHFs).

In 2016, EP will expand the scale of existing interventions through engaging with more partners in the seedling business expansion intervention, start-up of potato processing business, explore possible interventions in pesticides & insecticides, opportunities of solar powered irrigation system, in addition to design of new interventions such as the start-up of hybrid seed production and FAV cold storage marketing businesses.

Facilitating Establishment of a Tomato Processing Plant

A FAV processing business can tackle a series of market constraints like high post-harvest losses, recurring price fluctuations, unfair prices to farmers at harvest time, and the absence of reliable market outlets.

Meki Batu Farmers’ Cooperatives’ Union (MBCU), an umbrella organisation of 150 cooperatives in Meki and Batu/Zeway areas in Oromia NRS, has ventured in to the establishment of a tomato processing plant in Meki Town while EP committed itself to provide capacity building and systems development support with the primary objective of addressing the aforementioned constraints, and essentially benefit its members (mostly poor women) through a profitable investment.

processing and related sourcing, business management and marketing experience to further scale up with more FAV FCUs and private ventures. The pilot is expected to increase the incomes of 11,300 farmers by 20% and create jobs for 900 poor Ethiopians at different stages of value chain. The scale up will leverage through identification of feasible processing opportunities and financial supports from banks.

Seedlings Business Expansion

Improved access of inputs to SHFs can raise their productivity and income substantially, embedded with GAP, to produce quality fruits and vegetables. Improved seedlings are one of the essential inputs along with others such as improved seeds, fertiliser, and chemicals. Traditionally, farmers produce low quality seedling on part of their farm plot that have low survival rate and yield.

A quality business-led supply of improved seedlings to farmers will benefit from increase of production cycle from two to three production cycles per year. As analysed from the current active intervention of Onion Seedling Business Expansion, farmers will be able to increase their incomes by 50 to 100%.

The intervention has significant green growth opportunities with investments on greenhouse seedling production, where the technology will enable efficient and effective water usage, high seedling productivity per small sized farm plot (e.g., producing same amount of seedlings produced on 10 Ha land traditionally, with a 1 Ha in the new approach), and solar power usage to supply energy to the green house.