Contributing to improved food, markets and trade for rural households in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian and Netherlands staff of five programmes united in the BENEFIT partnership all work hard to contribute to achieve:

  • Increased quantity and quality of sustainable agricultural production;
  • Improved markets and trade;
  • Strengthened enabling institutional environment for the agricultural sector;

We do this with partners in universities, agricultural research organisations, government at different levels, NGOs and public enterprises and private companies.

Uniting five agricultural development programmes

The BENEFIT Partnership unites the following five agricultural development programmes:

  • Integrated Seed Sector Development in Ethiopia (ISSD Ethiopia), which supports the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market oriented seed sector in the country;
  • Capacity building for scaling up of evidence-based best practices in agricultural production (CASCAPE), which improves agricultural productivity through promoting evidence-based best fit agricultural practices;
  • The Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade Facility for Agribusiness (ENTAG), which supports private sector development and trade in Ethiopia;
  • The Sesame Business Network (SBN) support programme, which supports stakeholders of the SBN in developing competitive, sustainable and inclusive sesame value chains in Ethiopia.
  • The Realising Sustainable Agricultural Livelihood Security in Ethiopia (REALISE), which aims to contribute to sustainable livelihood through the introduction of improved farming practices, innovations and social experiments to strengthen the current Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) in Ethiopia.

More impact through collaborating in partnership

ISSD, CASCAPE, ENTAG, SBN and REALISE each work towards achieving their pathways of change. In addition to this they join hands in specific locations and work on the same commodities and products

Through combining efforts in the BENEFIT partnership, the programmes will achieve a higher impact than working in isolation.The BENEFIT partnership enhances synergy through:

  • Increased effectiveness through an integrated value chain approach, combining efforts in selected locations where multiple projects work on the same commodities or products, and collaboration on policy and scaling level;
  • Increased efficiency in management and administration in joint planning, monitoring , reporting and mainstreaming gender and nutrition, supported by a Programme Coordination Unit (PCU).

Expected aggregated results by 2019: Food security, income and trade 

  • 3 million smallholder farmers reached with improved agricultural practices and technologies, including quality seed, and access to markets;
  • 230 cooperatives and associations and 2,500 SMEs and entrepreneurs supported;
  • Direct investment of 22 Dutch/international companies;
  • Partnership developed with 11 Ethiopian knowledge institutes including 6 universities, 4 regional agricultural research institutes and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research;
  • 1,800 research and extension staff at national, regional and Woreda level trained ;
  • 100 improved technologies, practices , innovations introduced.

Expected aggregated results by 2019: System innovation and dialogue

  • 16 commodity platforms established;
  • 6 evidence-based policy options for improving the performance of different seed systems shared;
  • studies addressing strategic bottlenecks hampering uptake of technologies handed over to national and regional policy makers;
  • Private sector associations strengthened in representing the interests of their members;
  • Strategic networks in the sesame agribusiness sector for more competitive, sustainable and inclusive sesame value chains development formed