On-farm employment and the labor market in Ethiopia

The agriculture sector in Ethiopia is still the main contributor to the economy (40%) and employment (75%) (World Bank, 2017)[1]. There are large agriculture investments, particularly in cash crops such as coffee, oil seeds (sesame), and horticulture that create employment opportunities for youth and women in Ethiopia. Often, there is stiff competition between the different […]

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The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agricultural Value Chains

Women roughly account for half of the Ethiopian population. Considering their economic and social involvement, women’s unemployment rate (age 15+) in 2021 was 25% (in comparison to 11% for men)[1],  prevalence of severe food insecurity in the adult population is 51.8%, and literacy rate is 14.1% (compared to men 40.3%). In recent times, the only […]

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The upcoming capital market in Ethiopia and the requirement of ESG integration for companies

Ethiopia’s forest cover was reduced from more than 45 million hectares (nearly 40% of the total land cover) over the last century to 12 million hectares in 2010. Deforestation contributes to land degradation, floods, landslides, and soil erosion that further challenges rural livelihoods. The National Forest Sector Development Program (NFSDP) aims to increase Ethiopia’s forest […]

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