Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) – Livestock Market Development
Date of Operation: 2012 - 2017
Primary Implementing Partner: CNFA (formerly Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs)
Other Implementing Partners: SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation), International Medical Corps, International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), Institute of International Education (IIE) and JAA, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Ethiopia, Relief Society of Tigray (REST), Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA), Hundee, and Self Help Africa-Ethiopia
Regions of Operation: Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray in selected districts with high livestock growth potential
Goal: Support the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Plan (AGP) by improving smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains.
Production level improvements
- Improve animal feed systems
- Expand animal health delivery systems
- Improve animal breeding through artificial insemination
Market level improvements
- Link producers and cooperatives to end-market suppliers and consumers
- Enhance sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards
- Reduce transaction costs and improve competitiveness of products
- Strengthen livestock service providers, financial services, feed and animal health services
Under the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative, AGP-Livestock Market Development generates increased productivity and competitiveness of selected livestock value chains, benefiting both male and female smallholders. The program focuses on meat and dairy value chains. Through AGP-Livestock Market Development, USAID will foster growth, increase food security and reduce poverty by increasing incomes for producers, creating jobs in rural areas, and improving nutrition with support from the U.S. Global Health Initiative. In addition, AGP-Livestock Market Development will address adaptation to climate change—especially in areas with rainfall deficits—by introducing activities and practices to protect livelihoods in the livestock sector.
AGP-Livestock Market Development also improves access to finance, risk management mechanisms (including insurance), and animal health services. As the quality and competitiveness of producers improves, there will be a higher demand for labor and services at various points in the value chain that beneficiaries in more food insecure areas in USAID’s Pastoral Livelihood Initiative Phase II (PLI II), and PSNP GRAD programs can fill, as well as the Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) project.
Expected Results: Generate 2,600 new on and off-farm jobs and improve nutrition and income for 200,000 rural, smallholder households
Agricultural Growth Program - Livestock Market Development, [video, 2:05]