This business opportunities report elaborates on why to invest in Ethiopia by discussing the conductive investment climate, the diverse agro-ecology and fertile soils, the expanding infrastructure, and the competitive labour force of Ethiopia
The dairy sector in the Ethiopian Highlands: The place of traditional fermented milk products
In Ethiopia, around 97-98% of the annual milk production is accounted by the traditional milk production system, which is dominated by indigenous breeds. Most of the milk produced in the country is accordingly processed on-farm using traditional technologies that are generally not well understood. The very few enterprises currently operating in and around the capital depend on the traditional sector for the majority of their milk supply. These underscore the importance of understanding the traditional sector to render improvement interventions possible.
In August – September 2015 interviews were conducted in the light of developing a report on business opportunities for Dutch investors in the dairy sector in Ethiopia. The report has identified a list of opportunities for trade and investments in dairy production, business development services, and dairy processing and marketing.
The development potential of 8 milksheds in Ethiopia was assessed and ranked for potential for value chain development, as part of the MIDD project. Major criteria for ranking were market potential, production potential, presence of services, and commercialization level of the value chain. Highest ranking milk sheds were Addis Abeba, Adama-Asella, and Bahir Dar–Gondar milksheds.