Ethiopia, with a population of over 108 million is the second most populous nation in Africa. Located in the Horn of Africa, it has a total land area of 1.14 million sq. km with over 11 million hectares of irrigable land. The country has the vast surface and groundwater resource making it ‘The Water Tower of East Africa’ with a diverse of agro-ecological zones which are suitable for the production of a wide range of crops throughout the year.
The horticulture sector currently occupies 10,897.21 hectares of land creating employment for 199,640 Ethiopians. The sector is the fourth largest contributor of export income for the country in US$ 307.04 million in the year 2017/18. Floriculture contributes much of the share in around 79% while the expanding vegetable, fruits, and herbs have 21% share of the revenue.
Ethiopia has a huge potential for the production and export of horticulture farming that can be competitive in the global market with additional proximity of its geography which is located in the gateway of Africa, Middle East, and Europe.