Agricultural sector transformation is teamwork: A book about the experiences of the Sesame Business Network (SBN) programme in Northwest Ethiopia

BENEFIT-SBN programme recently published a book about the programme experiences in the sesame sector in Northwest Ethiopia. The book looks at the many challenges and opportunities for transforming the sector, to the benefit of farmers and stakeholders involved.

In the past eight years (2013-2020), a team of Ethiopian and Dutch professionals, have gone through an interesting journey together with many farmers and stakeholders, both from the public and private sector. Together, the evolving network of actors developed a comprehensive approach for sustainable and inclusive agricultural development. This is reflected in the number and diversity of topics that are covered in this book. These range from sustainable agricultural production to product and market development, and include specific attention for agri-finance, social inclusion, diet diversity, and for creating a more enabling environment.

The need for a comprehensive approach and stakeholder collaboration is reflected in the title: “Sector transformation is teamwork”. The purpose of this publication is to share the programme experiences with an audience of development professionals, in Ethiopia and beyond. It is especially relevant to  development professionals who aim to support sustainable and inclusive sub-sector and value chain development that offers farmers a decent income, creates employment and economic multiplier effects, and that contributes to food security and the national economy at large.

The book offers you a menu of topics, which we structured according to five main chapters: Sustainable agricultural production (chapter 2), Social inclusion and diet diversity (chapter 3), Agri-finance (chapter 4), Product and market development (chapter 5) and enabling environment (chapter 6).

The SBN support programme wishes to extend its gratitude and appreciation to all its partners: region, zone, woreda and kebele administration; unions and primary cooperatives; cooperative promotion offices; a range of small, medium and large enterprises, financial institutions (ACSI, DECSI, Cooperative bank of Oromia, Abay Bank, Lion bank), labour offices and several development partners (ATA, Agriterra, SNV, IFDC, …). Last, but not least to all farmers, labourers, and local entrepreneurs and other individuals for their work spirit and interest and willingness to work with us. The book is dedicate to all actors and stakeholders of the Ethiopian sesame sector.

Read the full book here.

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