A briefing session held on the due diligence of compliance requirements to penetrate Germany export market

As part of sustainable horticulture export business development, Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) in collaboration with the German Embassy in Addis Ababa organized a briefing session on the due diligence of compliance requirements to penetrate Germany export market.

The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (SCDDA) comes into force on 1 January 2023 and the law applies to organizations in Germany with more than 3,000 employees. From 2024 onwards, organizations with more than 1,000 employees will need to comply with the SCDDA.

In 2016, the German government launched its National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights finding only one-fifth of organizations with more than 500 employees met human rights due diligence obligations.

The SCDDA is intended to raise those numbers and prevent human and environmental rights violations. There is an extraterritorial aspect of the law that accounts for infringements in the domestic and international markets.

On the briefing session Mrs. Susanne Duiring, the counsellor for social affairs in German Embassy Addis Ababa, presented the new regulation of Germany in the global value chain in-line with the horticulture produce.

The obligatory core elements in the establishment of a risk management system to identify, prevent, and minimize the risks of human rights violations and damage to the environment discussed at length with the farm representatives and the way forward to document and provide evidence of measures and processes to avoid sanctions.

The participants stated that most of EHPEA member farms fulfill the standards as they have been working the past two decades on the export business, where the association also support on the capacity building of members having its own standards and certifications.

The Association Executive director Mr. Tewodros Zewdie stated that, as Germany is one of the main horticulture product export destinations for Ethiopia, it will continue its relentless effort to elevate the capacity of members to comply with the international standards.

EHPEA TRAINED EXPERTS ON Post Harvest Handling of Avocado.

In its relentless endeavor to elevate the technical capacity of avocado farms, cooperatives, unions and regional public sector agricultural experts and extension workers, EHPEA trained more than 800 farm agronomists, production managers, post harvest experts and extension workers on “Post Harvest Handling of Avocado.”

The trainees were drawn from Sidama and South Ethiopia Regional States.

Capacity building is an important element to have transformation in the avocado value chain.

It is worth to pay credit for the contribution of MASHAV project in introducing and availing planting material for Ethiopia’s avocado production and global market integration. Now, we need to scale up the best and sustainable practices.


A familiarization workshop on ‘Minimum Service Package for Adolescent Youth Health at workplace in Ethiopia” (MSP)’, held at Best Western plus hotel

A familiarization workshop on ‘Minimum Service Package for Adolescent Youth Health at workplace in Ethiopia” (MSP)’, held on November 16, 2023 at Best Western plus hotel Addis Ababa in collaboration with The Federal Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA).

The implementation of MSP package will be critical in promoting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of the youth, especially young women, working and living in and around the horticulture industry.

On the workshop it was underscored that multi-sectoral collaboration is important in ensuring the health of adolescents and youth for them to contribute for the country development.

As the horticulture sector employed over 200 thousand people, the sector is among the priority intervention areas in ensuring that the youth working there benefit from, among others, sexual and reproductive health services.

On the workshop, higher expert on the development and implementation of the MSP from Ministry of Health Dr. Abebe Abadi presented on the contents expected outcome, purpose and the implementation process of the MSP for the participants and discussed at length.

Dr. Alemayehu Hunduma (PhD,MPH), FMoH, Head of Reproductive Health, Family Planning, Adolescent and Youth Health Desk, on his closing remarks, acknowledged the facilitation role of EHPEA and what the sector is doing to improve the workplace health agenda including SRH and GBV service and information initiative.

On behalf of his Ministry, he also extend the commitment and readiness to collaborate with the sector on addressing MSP implementation.

Ethiopian flower farms represented at IFTF EXPO 2023 through EHPEA

Ethiopian flower farms represented at IFTF EXPO through Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) stand where the expo takes place in the Netherlands from November 8 to 10, 2023.

IFTF is a meeting place for companies in the flora sector from all over the world.The event offers a platform to buyers and suppliers from the floristry sector, where an attractive combination of doing business and socializing is created.

EHPEA participate in this expo with an objective to create market linkage and promote the Ethiopian forticulture brand.

Ministry of Agriculture Awards EHPEA.

The Minister of Agriculture awards EHPEA for its outstanding contribution of ensuring the competitiveness of Ethiopian Horticulture export.

Contact Info

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

Phone : +251 11 6636750

P.O.Box: 22241 Code 1000


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