Agro-Processing

Key reasons to invest

  • Ethiopia's plentiful agricultural resources including cattle, forests, cropland, suitable climate condition, and labor force are critical inputs for agro-processing industries.
  • Ethiopia produces the best Arabica coffee in the world and is known for having a wider genetic variety of coffee than any other coffee producing country.
  • Ethiopian coffee is well known for its special aroma and flavor, a uniqueness that makes it preferable for blending with coffee from other countries. Currently, Ethiopia is among the top five coffee exporters in the world
  • Ethiopia produces a variety of different sesame seeds which are highly valued on the international market. Production of sesame in the country has doubled in the past five years.
  • Ethiopia ranks first in Africa and tenth in the world by cattle population of 55 million which is a big opportunity for meat processing industry.
  • Ethiopia already has well-established partners in the meat trade, including Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Dubai, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
  • The size of the livestock population, the natural endowment of favorable climatic condition for improved, high-yielding animal breeds, provides Ethiopia with significant potential to further develop its dairy sector.
  • Demand for chicken products is growing quickly in Ethiopia. The Government recently set new targets to bring meat production to 164 tones and egg production to 3.9 billion eggs by 2020 through improved poultry breeds.
  • Ethiopia is the tenth largest honey producing country in the world and the largest in Africa. It ranks fourth in the world in terms of bee wax production and export.
  • Yields of tomato can reach up to 80 tons per hectare which assures consistent and abundant supply for tomato processing plant.

Agro ProcessingInvestment Opportunities

  • Processing of meat and meat product
  • Processing of fish and fish product
  • Processing of fruit and and/Vegetables
  • Manufacturing of edible oil
  • Processing of milk and/manufacturing of dairy product
  • Manufacturing of starch and starch product
  • Processing op pulses, oil seeds or cereals
  • Manufacturing of macaroni, pasta and similar products
  • Manufacturing of chocolate, candy and biscuits
  • Manufacturing of baby foods, roasted and ground coffee and similar products
  • Processing of animal feeds
  • Processing of alcohol and soft drinks