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Sesame Processing Study

Ethiopia is exporting more than 90% of its sesame production as a raw product. Value addition for exports is limited, but the GoE wants to see this changed in... (more)

Ethiopia is exporting more than 90% of its sesame production as a raw product. Value addition for exports is limited, but the GoE wants to see this changed in the coming years. Humera type sesame is preferred for tahini (especially in Israel), where it is used to make halva and hummus. These three products have their origins in the Middle East.

Tahini, halva and hummus have gained popularity in the USA and Western Europe in recent years and the products are being innovated on. New flavors are coming forward, which are not previously seen in Middle Eastern countries. These products, found in the higher price segment, have labeled their product with ‘Humera sesame’. End-consumers in Western nations find it more and more important to know where their food is coming from and this offers opportunities for Humera type sesame.

National markets for tahini, halva and hummus are relatively new and can be further explored. All three products are unknown by most Ethiopian consumers, but all of them have a potential to fit in Ethiopian diets. The diaspora and expatriate community can initially be targeted with potential spillover effects to the Ethiopian community.

The GoE is setting up industrial parks throughout the country for, amongst others, food processing. These industrial parks are expected to accommodate FDI and Ethiopian initiatives targeting export markets. Ethiopian entrepreneurs face challenges acquiring the machines necessary for their processing operations due to nationwide forex problems. This is one of the reasons why food processing for exports is better incentivized than food processing for local markets: foreign investors face less difficulties on this issue.

Key Ingredients for tahini, halva and hummus are sesame, sugar and chickpeas and all are produced in large quantities in the country. Their supply chains are quite different from one another. The ECX is influencing sesame supply, sugar supply is controlled by state-owned enterprise ESC and chickpea supply is rather fragmented. Organically certified sesame is being cultivated and marketed in Ethiopia but organic sugar and chickpea are much harder to find.

Key challenges identified for tahini, halva and hummus processing are adulteration along the value chain, limited Ethiopian knowledge of tahini processing, conducive environment for exports only, high raw material costs, and forex shortages. The key opportunities are an increased interest in new foods in Western markets; limited 100% pure Humera type tahini on the international market; organic tahini for the Western market; new product development with traditional tahini, halva or hummus as a basis for domestic markets.

It is recommended by this study to brand Ethiopian Humera sesame products. There is currently no guarantee that the existing Humera sesame products, are truly made of 100% Humera type sesame. This provides a great opportunity for Ethiopia-based processors (if they can guarantee this). It is recommended to increase international awareness on the high quality traits of 100% Humera type sesame products.

Secondly, it is recommended to create a more conducive environment for Ethiopian entrepreneurs to grow their sesame processing business. Expansion of local markets for THH can provide entrepreneurs with a testing ground for THH business propositions. Incentivizing (e.g. similar benefits as FDI for export markets) and supporting (e.g. domestic market promotion) those entrepreneurs to grow towards higher standards applicable in international markets, can motivate and take away start-up barriers for Ethiopian entrepreneurs wanting to engage in the THH processing business.

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The 7th Spices Herbs and Aromatics Sector Platform meeting

The Spices sector platform meeting of ENTAG will be held on September 18th, 2018, at Addis Ababa.

The main focus of the meeting is going to be on the draft... (more)

The Spices sector platform meeting of ENTAG will be held on September 18th, 2018, at Addis Ababa.

The main focus of the meeting is going to be on the draft regulation of Ethiopian Spices Marketing.

 

 

 

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5th of 2018 Business Drinks!

You are invited for the 5th of 2018 Business Drinks!
Date: Thursday September 20, 2018
Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
Location: Black Rose Lounge, Addis... (more)

You are invited for the 5th of 2018 Business Drinks!
Date: Thursday September 20, 2018
Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
Location: Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa
Organized by @ENTAGProgram @APF_Ethiopia
Confirm your attendance here: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5b88f14f26b72a6cf3dc0536 …

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The 4th round innovation fund announcement

Innovation Fund is one of the five focus areas of ENTAG’s support to the agribusiness sector in Ethiopia, with a maximum grant budget of € 0.8 million. The objective of the fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors that benefit smallholder farmers. The fund provides matching grant funding for... (more)

Innovation Fund is one of the five focus areas of ENTAG’s support to the agribusiness sector in Ethiopia, with a maximum grant budget of € 0.8 million. The objective of the fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors that benefit smallholder farmers. The fund provides matching grant funding for innovative projects, with a maximum grant contribution of € 25,000. Projects are considered innovative when they introduce new or improved products, services, technology, business models and/or service delivery model to the country. Projects that take place in the poultry, aquaculture, legumes, spices, sesame, potato and dairy sub-sectors are eligible for co-funding, as well as projects targeting agri-processing, agri-logistics and agricultural financing in any agricultural sub-sector.

The Innovation Fund has been operational from September 2016, and it will end in December 2019. In July 2017, in its first round announcement, ENTAG granted matching funds to 15 innovative projects. These projects won grants from € 15,000 to € 25,000, making the total amount of money granted in first round more than € 300,000.

The second round announcement was also opened during August 2017. A total of six innovative project ideas were finalists of the round, making the total amount of money granted in the second round funding about € 150,000. In the third round 45 concept notes are selected and the project proposals are under review.

The fourth round call for innovative project ideas is now open. The deadline for submission of project concept notes is on  24 August 2018. More information about the call can be found on the downloads link below. Please download innovation fund announcement, fund manual and application concept note form all in one here.

Fund Manual

Concept Note Form

Call for Projects

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The 4th Business Drinks of 2018

You are invited for the 4th of 2018 Business Drinks!
Location: Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa
Date: Thursday July 26, 2018
Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM... (more)

You are invited for the 4th of 2018 Business Drinks!
Location: Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa
Date: Thursday July 26, 2018
Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM (Late Afternoon)
We look forward to see you there!

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Investment Guide_Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

Amhara Regional State is one of nine regions within the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It is found to the north and northwest of the country bordering with Tigray in the north, Afar in the east,... (more)

Amhara Regional State is one of nine regions within the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It is found to the north and northwest of the country bordering with Tigray in the north, Afar in the east, Oromia in the south, Benishangul Gumuz in the south-west and the Republic of Sudan in the west. The region has an area of 170.000 square kilometres; twice the size of the Netherlands and Belgium combined. Administratively, it is divided into 19 zones, 167 districts and 40 urban administrations, of which three are metropolitan cities. Its capital city is Bahir Dar, located on the shores of Lake Tana out of which the Blue Nile flows.

The regional state offers an attractive destination for starters and incumbent agribusinesses due to an incentive package as well as suitable agro-ecology. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Ethiopia has commissioned and published an investment guide for potential investors from both the Netherlands and other parts of the world, with an intention of investing in Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Please use the download link below to get the guide.

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ENTAG Innovation Fund Winners_First Round

One of the components of ENTAG focuses on innovation funding with a grant budget of € 0.8 million. The objective of the fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that... (more)

One of the components of ENTAG focuses on innovation funding with a grant budget of € 0.8 million. The objective of the fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers. The fund, which has been operational since September 2016, provides matching funds for innovative projects, with a maximum grant amount of € 25,000 each. Projects that take place in the poultry, aquaculture, legumes, spices, sesame, potato and dairy subsectors are eligible for co-funding.

The first-round innovation fund accepted a total of 136 applicants, out of which 15 projects have been selected for funding. All applicants and selected grantees in this fund are Ethiopian companies working on the eligible sub-sectors. Each beneficiary is required to make matching cash and in-kind contributions equal to or more than the grant fund he/she receives. At least 20 % of the contribution is made in cash.

In this newsletter please find winners of the first innovation fund in six priority sub-sectors of the fund.

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ENTAG 7th sectoral platform meeting week

ENTAG will hold its 7th sectoral platform meeting week in the last week of July 2018 on:

Aquaculture sectoral platform meeting on July 31 at DreamLiner Hotel, Addis... (more)

ENTAG will hold its 7th sectoral platform meeting week in the last week of July 2018 on:

Aquaculture sectoral platform meeting on July 31 at DreamLiner Hotel, Addis Ababa (Starting in the morning at 8:30)

Spices sectoral platform meeting on July 31 at Pyramid Resort, Debrezeit (Starting in the morning at 8: 30)

 

Subsector associations members and stakeholders in the subsectors are all invited.

 

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Financial Product Profiling

There were over 350 companies that have accessed ENTAG services in the last two years. ENTAG services are inclusive for a wide range of businesses. International investors and... (more)

There were over 350 companies that have accessed ENTAG services in the last two years. ENTAG services are inclusive for a wide range of businesses. International investors and large local companies often seek front desk service in business landscape, market linkage and low-hanging business opportunities. Small and medium sized Ethiopian companies usually look for hands on support to access finance, market and technology. Most of these companies have been in business for a few years and have seen the potential opportunities, but either lack the resources or the capacity to seize those opportunities. In particular, the fast growing, medium size and emerging companies prioritized lack of finance as critical bottleneck. As such, member companies have sought documents on available financial products and instruments to gain insights into potential investment options. Thus, to facilitate companies’ access to finance we have put together a brochure on potential financing institutions, financing types (grants, equity, loans), and terms and conditions where they are available.

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You are invited for the 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks!

We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday May 31st at Black Rose Lounge (Inside Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.

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We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday May 31st at Black Rose Lounge (Inside Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK

ENTAG and AgriProFocus Ethiopia have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences. And, of course, you will do all this while enjoying 2 Free Drinks offered by the organizers.

Location: Black Rose Lounge, 1st floor of the Boston Spa building, just before Alem Cinema on Bole road.

Date: Thursday May 31, 2018

Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM (Late Afternoon)

We look forward to see you there!

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