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Strengthening Agricultural Finances in Ethiopia

Project Food and income
Dembecha -

Agricultural production, processing, and marketing are important sources of livelihood for people living in rural areas of Ethiopia. The Government of Ethiopia focuses on ensuring food security and sustainable livelihoods. Agriculture remains the major contributor to the GDP.

Agriculture is three times more efficient in reducing poverty compared to other major economic sectors. Many smallholders still use poor farming techniques, are only marginally integrated into the markets and have limited access to appropriate financial services.

Awi, Dangila, Burie, Jabi-Tehinan and Dembecha/ Amhara Region
Act Church of Sweden
Thematic Area
Food and income
Project Period
01/01/2018 – 31/12/2021
Implementing Partners
Government offices, Microfinance Institutions (MFI), Rural Savings and Credit Institutions (RuSACCO), Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME)
Sustainable Development Goals
Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth

Availing access to suitable financial services and non-financial services, such as knowledge, technology, inputs and services for people living in rural areas, will increase their competitiveness and income. SAFE will ensure this, while also focusing on the inclusion of women.

The inclusion of women is expected to have a positive effect on the income of many households.

Project Objectives

  1. Development and implementation of financial products for selected commodities.
  2. Development and implementation of financial products tailored to youth and marginalised smallholders engaged in beekeeping, seedling and fodder production.
  3. Implementing value chains for the poor and link youth and marginalised smallholders to actors in these chains, as well as linking them to financial services.
  4. Increasing access to financial services in the intervention areas by strengthening Rural Savings and Credit Cooperatives.
  5. Providing business development services to the target groups.