EDGET Impact Assessment Summary Report

“MEDA conducts post-project Impact Assessments for some of its larger projects following project close, in order to determine the sustainability of key project results. These assessments inform MEDA project design generally, as well as current and future projects in the country in which the assessment took place. This assessment was conducted for Ethiopians Driving Growth Entrepreneurship and Trade (EDGET).

EDGET was a six-year project beginning in 2010 and ending in 2015. The overall project goal was to enable Ethiopian individuals, organizations, and public and private sector stakeholders to sustainably support and promote two sectors: rice and hand-woven textiles by increasing producer incomes. The EDGET project was funded by Global Affairs Canada (then CIDA) with approximately $9.6 million dollars and an additional contribution of $1.5 million from MEDA supporters. EDGET supported 10,894 men and women small producers (40% women) to increase their incomes by improving production and moving them higher in their respective value chains. With an average household size of five people, EDGET was designed to bring positive change to 50,000 people residing in selected areas within Amhara Region and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).

The purpose of this assessment was to determine the lasting impact that EDGET had for its primary clients (rice and textiles producers) as well as secondary clients (commercial players). The following research questions guided the assessment:”

EDGET Rice Parboiling Case

This report is one of two evaluative case studies focused on the EDGET Project,developed towards the end of the project to assess the changes and benefits of MEDA’s rice value chain interventions to learn from and strengthen them for future interventions. This report explores rice parboiling technology used to leverage rice production and value addition, especially for women.

EDGET Rice Productivity Gains Case Study

This report is one of two evaluative case studies focused on the EDGET Project,developed towards the end of the project to assess the changes and benefits of MEDA’s rice value chain interventions to learn from and strengthen them for future interventions. This report explores rice productivity gains made by the producer for better quality, increased yield, and efficient production.

Growing Entrepreneurs: Ethiopian stories of change

Each farmer, weaver and value chain actor that EDGET worked with and supported throughout the life of the project has a unique story of change and transformation. Throughout the project, a total of 75 stories were collected, of which 17 were tracked as long-term stories. This collection features both long-term and single stories, telling the story of EDGET through the lens of 12 individuals across the textile and rice value chains and different geographic locations. They shared what their lives were like before participating in EDGET, the kinds of changes they experienced during the project, and their plans to expand their businesses.