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Despite rapid economic growth during the past decade (averaging 10.8% growth/year) 87% of Ethiopians live on less than USD $2 per day.

More than 80% of the population live in rural areas where most households are engaged in small scale, frequently subsistence, agriculture. In 2015 the government of Ethiopia released its second Growth and Transformation Plan which lays out ambitious plans designed to move the country to middle income status by 2025. Agriculture and mining are two sectors of the economy that the government will focus on to drive growth. In order for this growth to have broad, inclusive impact, small-scale producers, particularly women, must have greater opportunity to participate in the economy.

This project is committed to increasing sustainable employment and income generation for women and men in the Amhara region of Ethiopia by improving business performance of producers and of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that buy from and supply inputs, equipment and services to them. Simultaneously, the project will help business service providers, trainings institutions and government bodies to more effectively reach and serve women and men, providing improved, more gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable services that fosters growth of producers and MSMEs in three sectors; rice, vegetables and gems.

Project Quick Facts

EMERTA MapGoal: Increased sustainable employment and income generation by women and men in Amhara region of Ethiopia in rice, vegetable and gemstone sectors, with a focus on women.

Reach: 16,000 women and men

Geography: Amhara region

Funding: EMERTA is a public private partnership with contributions from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and MEDA.

Project Length: 2016 - 2022