Ethio Dutch Project - EHPEA

Ethio Dutch Project

Ethiopia, GTPII, envisions to fetch US$455 million from flowers; US$76 million from vegetables; US$30 million from fruits; and US$17 million from herbs export. In total US$577 million is planned to be secured from the horticulture export sector. Across the board the government expects an autonomous growth of around 10% while additional investments in new clusters should contribute to the remaining 11% export increase.

In response, EHAPEA partner with Dutch Embassy in Ethiopia, The Ethiopian-Netherlands Horticulture Partnership Program. The program begun in 2008 aiming to increase the competitiveness of the export horticulture sector in Ethiopia.

The first Partnership (2008-2012) became successful in supporting commercial horticulture farms operation in a socially and environmentally friendly manner through the development of the Code of Practice requirement and integration of environmentally viable pest management, the Integrated Pest Management which intensifies in consecutive phases.

During the second phase of the program (2013-2016) additional activities were incorporated, especially related to business development and investment promotion and the support for emerging commercial horticultural producers. Also, the work on IPM was intensified, aiming at the introduction of more biological pest control agents and the reduction of pesticide use. During this period EHPEA also expanded intervention areas incorporating Cross Cutting issues like gender, nutrition and sanitation and hygiene practices in the member commercial horticulture farms. At the same time this period saw a stagnation in new investments, while at the same time existing commercial horticulture farms expanded (roughly by 10% per year).

Moving forward, EHPEA sees the current partnership phase (2017-2021), as a crucial period in the development of the sector by which number of persistent bottlenecks for further growth need to be solved.

Globally, (2016) about 43% cut flower export share is covered by the Netherlands


(Rabobank World Flower, 2016)

Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Kenya, Together now have a share of 44%


(Rabobank World Flower, 2016)

Contact Info

Location : Micky Leyland Avenue on the Road to Atlas Hotel, NB Business Center; 6th floor; Room # 603

Phone : +251 11 6631760/6750

P.O.Box: 22241 Code 1000


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