Durum wheat is expanding in Ethiopia and pushing up the food sector
In line with the Ethiopian Growth and transformation Plan 2010-2015 (GTP), a successful Project on Agricultural Value Chain is unfolding in Oromia by having all interested Ethiopian and Italian stakeholders working in close partnership.
Keeping the search of quality as the pillar of any action, the project AVCPO has demonstrated that:
– Smallholders’ cooperatives/Unions of Bale zone are able to satisfy the demand of huge stocks of high-quality durum wheat coming from national pasta industries, if fully participating into a value chain involving all public and private stakeholders.
– Industries are willing to recognize a premium price to cooperatives/Unions accordingly to quality parameters of produce.
The consequence is an impressive trend in production: durum wheat jumped from about 500 tons in 2012 to 15,000 tons as forecasted harvest in January-February 2015 (about 30-fold increase in a three-year time).
The lessons learnt in Bale zone are ready for expansion to other zones of Ethiopia, thus addressing the increase in population, the change in urban and rural classes of society, and the emerging food habits and demands. Pasta holds many favorable features that would increase its share in the weekly food consumption until 5 kg per capita per year for tens of millions of Ethiopian households.
Moreover, the Durum Wheat experience could apply to Soft Wheat cultivation (currently over ca 1.6 million hectares in the Country, for an annual production of ca 3.5 million tons, at 95 % harvested by smallholder farmers).
To keep the strategic momentum, the present Conference and Exhibition aims to
i) address all the sectors (i.e. field production, post-harvest, processing, quality checking, packaging, distribution, cooking) which are functionally linked by the “quality” silver thread.
(ii) Gather all interested private and public actors (producers, agriprocessors, researchers from Federal, Regional and International centres, and from Agriculture Dept. of Universities, private labs, investors, central and local authorities).
(iii) Convey specialized companies dealers both on the industrial sector (equipments for milling, pasta-making, packaging, storing, cooking) and on the field sector (chemicals, seed, etc.), thus providing a full range of B2B opportunities for field-producers, agri-processors, distributors, restaurants & hotels.
It will be the first of a new type of Ethiopian Congress & Expo allowing the joint presence and experience sharing among the actors of the three domains of any Value Chain in the Food sector, i.e. Agriculture, Agri-industry, and Cooking-Consumption.
Last, but not least, the cooking & tasting of Pasta will be one feature of the event, as it provides since many years a unique common ground of understanding among Ethiopian and Italian people and so it will be for the future!