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Contract Farming, concept and practices in Ethiopia

This publication from 2017 will provide you with insight on the Concept and Practice of Contract Farming in Ethiopia.

The objective of the publication is bring forward eight contract farming case studies made in Ethiopia on different agricultural value chains malt barely, chickpea, seed potatoes, sesame, bamboo, green beans, passion fruit, and sugar cane.

F&S Ethiopia contributed four cases on malt barley, bamboo, passion fruit and sugarcane. In collaboration with organizations and programs, such as LANDac, Change (C4C), SNV, Agriterra, and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth programme of Wageningen UR (ENTAG), F&S produced a publication entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice”. Beside case contribution, F&S has engaged in fund mobilization and stakeholder’s involvement. The publication of the book was followed by a public event – panel discussion – participating relevant government officials and experts.

As a result of this assignment, F&S and its partners has contributed a significant input to policies relating to contract farming and rural development, particularly in providing applicable frameworks of contract farming and challenges in existing trends.

On behalf of all the partners, please find the online version of the book, which was printed in limitted copies, HERE.

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia – a publication from 2016

This is a publication done in 2016 entitled “Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneirship Innovation Fund”

As a secretariate of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, F&S has been involving in the FSRE Fund program, financed by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis and managed by ICCO Cooperation. Our involvement was mainly in the linking and learning component of the program which focuses in building the capacity of agricultural innovators and creating linkages among topics and value chains.

At the end of the program, by the end of 2016, we published the book mentioned above, depicting the main narratives of the program as well as informative stories of innovators.

The book can be downloaded HERE.

Action Research on Cooperatives’ practices at Ardaita College

F&S has been involved in the Nuffic’s Niche project supporting Ardaita College in different areas, including curriculum development and gender mainstreaming.

As part of the project, teachers of Ardaita College are conducting three Action Researches on existing trends of cooperatives. The focus area of their researches are gender, accountancy, and marketing practices of cooperatives. A scholar of applied science from Aeres University of the Netherlands, Professor Frank de Jong, in collaboration with F&S staffs in Addis, has been supporting the teachers on their researches since 2017. Our role in this particular action was helping the teacher-researchers with data collection, providing them digital data collection tools and related techniques.

Last week, we were in Ardaita with Professor Frank working with the teachers on data analysis and documentations.

Meet our new General Manager: Mr. Assegid Gedamu

As of June 11, 2018, Mr. Assegid Gedamu has replaced Mrs. Annet Witteveen, as General Manager of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia. Assegid has long years of experience in the consultancy and development sector, in Ethiopia and East Africa, among others, and we are very pleased to announce his arrival. Let’s introduce our new General Manager as follows:

Assegid T. Gedamu – a seasoned development practitioner and consultant, with valuable experience in sustainable rural development programs. His engagement on freelance consultancy, among others, encompasses – Project management, Organizational/thematic Capacity development, SMEs, and Participatory community/youth development. Since 2008, Assegid has conducted numerous studies, evaluation assignments, and program management support to several international and national organizations. Multidisciplinary in approach, he believes that structural issues (in socio political-economic context) often play a crucial role in advancing human development, not just through technical solutions. He holds a BSc in forestry/NRM and M.A. in rural development; an advanced diploma in Enterprise development through Value chains; as well as professional certificates in contemporary development topics. He’s a certified International Project Manager. Assegid has an extensive experience & wide exposure in short-term consultancy works as well as facilitated a number of training workshops in over 10 countries, particularly in eastern and southern part of Africa. Assegid is currently serving as General Manager for Fair & Sustainable Consulting (Ethiopia), and he lives in Addis Ababa with his family.

Best Wishes to Annet, former GM of F&S Ethiopia

Last month, we organized a farewell party for Mrs. Annet Witteveen, inviting around 30 partners and friends of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia (F&S). Annet joined F&S in 2015, and as of June 11, she has left our organization to pursue her career in Tanzania. Annet has made a great contribution to our organization, and we wish her good luck in her new endeavor. Annet is replaced by Mr. Assegid Gedamu. Assegid has long years of experience in the consultancy and development sector, in Ethiopia and East Africa, among others, and we are very pleased to announce his arrival.

F&S Seeking Research Consultant

Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia ( in collaboration with AgriProFocus, ICCO Cooperation and Edukans seek a consultant to assess and map agri-skills services in two parts of Oromia region (Arsi and West Shewa zones).

This person will be responsible to conduct a study on public and private agri-skills and agricultural extension services. The consultancy includes developing research tools, conducting field research, and reporting on results.

Key competencies sought:

  • At least 5 years of working experience in the agricultural sector in Ethiopia
  • Knowledge of agricultural development; vocational training or skills development expertise and familiarity with the agricultural extension service and network is a preference.
  • Awareness of inclusive agriculture development challenges from the perspective of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
  • Excellent research and report writing skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work jointly with technical advisors and project implementing partners.
  • Competence in Oromiffa.

The estimated number of consultancy days for a national consultant available for this assignment is 32. TOR for assignment is attached.

To apply, please send a letter with a technical and financial proposal including an interpretation of TOR together with CV to by 8:00am Thursday April 5, 2018.

Internal Learning: Product Development

Today, we are having an internal learning workshop where all our consultants presented to further enhance our Products offered through our Business Development services. And Victor Van Der Linden and F&S General Manager led the workshop.

Our Role in the Linking and Learning Component of FSRE Fund

F&S Ethiopia has an important role in the Linking and Learning component of the FSRE Innovation Fund. The program was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia.

And while ICCO Cooperation manages the fund, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, hosted in Ethiopia by F&S, runs the linking and learning part of the program. Hence, our consultants took the lead role in providing trainings and coaching services for the fund winners, by also organizing networking events.

Read this interesting story entitled “Beyond the usual Funding” written by our consultant Teklemariam Awoke and featured on the Food Security platform of the embassy.

Internal Learning: Market System Development

Jochem Schneemann, from Fair and Sustainable Consulting in the Netherlands, was here in Addis to further coach our consultants and

invited partners about the Market System Development (MSD) approach. The event is part of the continuous internal learning trend in F&S Ethiopia. In parallel, our partners from different NGOs were invited to be introduced and updated on the MSD approach.