Map of Ethiopia

Feed the Future Activities in Ethiopia

Coffee, Chickpea, Honey, Maize, Potato, Pulses, Sesame

  • Agricultural Transformation Agency: Enhance the capability of the Ministry of Agriculture and other public, private and non‐governmental implementing partners with project management, capacity building, technical assistance and knowledge sharing.

  • Better Potato for a Better Life: Create sustainable access of poor farmers to high quality potato and sweet potato planting material to reduce food insecurity and improve nutrition for 250,000 households in SNNP and Tigray regions; enhance income through establishment of value chains and strengthen public and private sector stakeholders to address key constraints in potato and sweet potato production systems.

  • Increasing the productivity of chickpea in wheat-based cropping system: Increase smallholder production of chickpea through improved varieties and crop management practices. The activity is expected to reach 100,000 additional smallholder farmers with supply of high-yielding chickpea varieties and integrated crop management practices.

  • Smallholder Horticulture Project: Through a partnership between USAID and MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, promote economic growth of small-scale horticulture holders by strengthening the commercial viability of fruit and vegetable production.


  • Land Administration to Nurture Development: Build on USAID's substantial past investments to improve land governance and land administration and strengthen land tenure rights in Ethiopia and thereby promote economic growth, increase agricultural productivity, reduce conflict and resource degradation and improve women’s rights to control and manage assets.

Livestock and Dairy

New Alliance and Private Sector



Learning and Policy Support

  • Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project: Capture lessons learned from Feed the Future-funded activity implementation and support policy reform in the agriculture sector and gauge successes and challenges of innovative approaches.

  • Baseline Survey for Feed the Future Zone of Influence in Ethiopia: Assess the progress and impact of the Feed the Future initiative in Ethiopia at the midpoint and final.

Grand Challenge: Powering Agriculture

  • African Bamboo: Develop and test a heating process to make industrial and commercial quality bamboo based on biofuel from organic waste, such as coffee husks and residue from processing the bamboo.

Local Capacity Development

Feed the Future Systems Change Initiative Grants are awarded to local and international organizations that support systemic and policy changes in the agriculture sector

Development Credit Authority (DCA)

The Development Credit Authority allows USAID missions to fund projects that are financially viable through loan guarantees in sectors that meet sustainable development objectives. USAID can also provide portfolio guarantees to financial institutions that extend loans to a broader number of small borrowers such as micro enterprises and small businesses. By sharing the credit risk with financial institutions, DCA is able to demonstrate the soundness of lending activity in sectors that may not otherwise have access to capital. With sufficient experience and credit history, local banks can then have greater confidence in issuing additional loans in targeted sectors without further USAID participation.

In addition, it is as a means to support the development of key sectors and financial markets, mobilize local cash, encourage local markets, explore new sectors and activities, and create more employment opportunities. Also, it demonstrates the sustainability and profitability in tradition under represented economic sectors, and strengthen market linkages between financial institutions and their clients.

As a result, USAID Ethiopia has established about $28 million in loan portfolio guarantees and disbursed $6 million investment and working capital loans to small and medium business enterprises and small holder farmers engaged mainly in the agricultural sector activities, and operating in AGP regions and woredas. 

Inter-Agency Cooperation/Agreements

  • United States Forest Service Agreement: The  U.S. Forest Service has extensive expertise in natural resource management and has a comparative advantage providing technical assistance from government to government over a long-term period to increase the technical capacity of partners. The  U.S. Forest Service provides technical support to USAID’s Pastoralists’ Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Expansion activity, focusing on the improvement of natural resource management methodologies and practices through introducing remote sensing based participatory landscape level rangeland planning and management as well as control of invasive species. This is achieved through rangeland monitoring, biodiversity monitoring and continued Prosopis sp. (an invasive weed/tree) research.

Last updated: October 22, 2020

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