Ethiopian researchers are collaborating with local breweries to produce improved barley varieties, reduce malt imports, and increase farmers’ incomes.
By Andualem Sisay Gesesse
As demand for beer continues to rise in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Ethiopian breweries are providing improved malt barley seed varieties to local farmers. Geletu Tafa, who farms 5 ha in Arsi Tiyo district, is one of over 20,000 smallholder farmers producing improved malt barley varieties, such as ‘Traveller’ which originated from France, for Heineken Ethiopia.
“After I began using Traveller seed, my production on 1 ha has increased to 6-7 t from 2.5-3 t. The money I get from selling 1 t of the new variety has also increased to around 1,000 birr (around €38) from around 600 birr I used to earn 3 years ago from other crops such as wheat and other barley varieties,” says Tafa.
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On 19 April 2017, AgriProFocus organized an exciting event where major stakeholders that have close relation with the topic of contract farming come together to attend an interesting panel discussion and to raise questions to practitioners, researchers and policy makers in Ethiopia.
The event marked the launch of a new book entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice” – written based on eight case studies by a number of practitioners and well-known consultants. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort).
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A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface. With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.
The meeting focussed on how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation and how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in business cases of the participants.
Three cases where 2-2-Trade has been applied were pr... Read more
A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface.
With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.
That sounds nice, but what is in it for me?
After this session you understand:
• how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation.
• how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in your business cases.
What you can expect:
After a network lunch (13.00-14.00 hrs) with a.o. our Business Linkage advisors from several Country Networks, we will discuss:
1. Farmer – firm relations: A simple model with 7 critical components
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AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in partnership with Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), delivered a training on Contract Farming today at ATA premises.
The training is given to fourteen staffs of ATA from all Regional Clusters.
As a mandate, ATA has been working with all stakeholders to identify solutions to address systematic bottlenecks that can have a catalytic effect to transform the lives of smallholder farmers across the country. In order to enhance the ongoing efforts, this training on Contract Farming is crucial, since the very fact of how to deal with smallholder farmers and transform their lives is directly related with the issue at hand.
The training is mainly based on the case studies conducted by AgriProFocus Ethiopia and partners, such as:
· Bamboo Coops in Sidamoto Africa Bamboo
· Chickpea of Handucha-WelisoUnion and Gust Agro
· Green beans via MekiBatuUnion and EthioVeg
· Malt Barley farmers with Heineken
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Some years ago Terrafina Microfinance started a project in Ethiopia targeting smallholder malt barley producers through which more than 2,000 farmers got access to microfinance. Since 2013 Terrafina works together with Heineken and ICCO Cooperation to include these smallholders in the malt barley value chain for beer production. Due to this collaboration, producers can improve the quality and quantity of their produce and increase their income through selling to Heineken breweries in Ethiopia. At the same time Heineken has an increasing access to proper quality malt barley, meaning they can reduce the import of raw materials needed for beer production. The objective is to include 10.000 farmers in this chain by the end of 2017.
The smallholder malt barley producers targeted with this project live in the highland areas in Ethiopia. Traditionally these farmers produce malt barley on an individual basis, selling their produce to t... Read more
Dutch breweries investing in Ethiopia
The Dutch news programme ‘Nieuwsuur’ of Saturday 31st January included an item on Dutch breweries’ investments in Ethiopia. (most text in Dutch, though some English and Amharic)"The project is exactly what the Dutch government wants: combining trade and aid” says one interviewee.
The programme shows the new Ethiopian breweries of Heineken and Bavaria. Ethiopia is a grow market for beer; the two companies have the ambition to contribute to a higher beer consumption per capita. Different stakeholders are interviewed: representatives of the two companies, a representative of ICCO, a representative of the Dutch Embassy (Mr Hans van de Heuvel). The Embassy expects the investments to contribute to food security, generating income for farmers.
In my opinion, the programme could have been more informative if it had addressed challenging issues such as whether barley production com
It represents one of the first modern large scale maize farming enterprises in Rwanda.
Bramin farm: Eastern Province
Great steps are being taken to improve the lives of Ethiopian barley.
As of February 2013, EUCORD has been proud to announce its collaboration with Heineken International in Ethiopia on the Community Revenue Enhancement through Technology Extension project, otherwise known as CREATE.
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Accoring to this article SAB Miller is doing a good job by sourcing locally Sorghum for making Eagle Lager beer in Zambia and Uganda. In Rwanda Bralirwa/Heineken is implementing a 600ha Mais scheme with projected smallholder outgrowers in the vicinity. What could we learn from this case to promote local sourcing with smallholders?
The deal to buy Harar Brewery SC and Bedele Brewery SC breweries was reached early this year after months of negotiations.
According to PPESA, Heineken’s bid to buy Harar and Bedele for US$ 78.18 million and US$ 85.24 million, respectively, was approved in April.
Heineken’s bid for Harar Brewery was won without competition but it had to brush aside three competitive bids for Bedele.
The Dutch giant beat a US$70 million dollar bid from South-West Development, a US$ 68 million challenge from BGI and Carlsberg which was offering US$ 64 million.
The two breweries produce the most famous beer brands in Ethiopia.