Poverty Reduction

Ethiopia’s most recent poverty analysis report indicates that the national absolute poverty head count index is reduced from 38.7 percent in 2004/05 to 29.6 percent in 2010/11. For the same period, rural poverty has declined to 30.4 percent from 39.3 percent and urban poverty declined from 35.1 percent to 25.7 percent.

Our Goals

UNDP's approach in Ethiopia combines interventions that address economic growth as well as poverty reduction. UNDPhas supported the design of Ethiopia's multi-donor funded national Agriculture Growth Programme (AGP), which targets small and medium scale farmers. UNDP will annually provide the programme with one million USD during its implementation phase. As a natural follow up to its commitment to the capacity-building aspects of the AGP, UNDP, in collaboration with the Gates Foundation, is at the forefront of supporting the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) with 3.6 million USD financing. more

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Sustainable Economic Growth

When Japan found traces of chemicals in Ethiopia’s coffee—its major export—the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development responded by establishing a testing laboratory to ensure the quality of the product. UNDP’s support to this, and also to the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, is helping enhance the country’s competitiveness in export markets.

Our Stories

  • Ethiopia is gearing its research towards becoming more markets and the local farmers

    Transforming Quality of Ethiopia's Products

    A new National Agricultural Products Quality Infrastructure (NAPQI) for Ethiopia has been designed to greatly improve the quality of the entire value chain for producing andmore

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  • Sculpture made by Haile mariam, one of participants who received training from the Harnessing Diversity for Development project

    Introducing New Skills to an Ancient Art

    Religious and traditional paintings as well as sculptures have been a central part of the lives of Ethiopians for centuries. Following the traditional line of knowledgemore

Projects and Initiatives

Enhancing National Capacity for Agricultural Growth and Transformation

Agriculture sector provides employment to 85% of Ethiopia's population and contributes 44% to the county's GDP and 85% of its export earnings. more

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