Project profile — Value Chains for Economic Growth


Mennonite Economic DevelopmentAssociates of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011098)
2016-05-02 - 2023-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (100.00%)


• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (10.00%)
Food crop production (31161) (40.00%)
Livestock (31163) (10.00%)
Agricultural extension (31166) (10.00%)
• Mineral Resources And Mining: Precious metals/materials (32265) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to increase sustainable employment and generate income by supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Amhara region focussing on the rice, vegetable and gemstone markets. Activities include: 1) strengthening knowledge and skills of producers and business owners, particularly women, to understand business and market opportunities; 2) facilitating access to innovative techniques, inputs and equipment to help producers and business owners increase productivity, develop new products and reach new markets; 3) working with financial institutions to support producers, suppliers and technology manufacturers to access finance to support increased productivity and business growth; and 4) contributing to an enabling, gender-sensitive business and policy environment to facilitate growth in these sectors.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved business performance of producers, particularly women, to compete in the market; ( 2) improved business performance of MSMEs, particularly women-led, to create stronger market linkages; and (3) improved gender-sensitive business environment for fostering growth of producers and MSMEs in the rice, vegetable and gemstone markets of the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2018 include: (1) 1,306 beneficiaries (502 women) received training in gender and household financial management, environmentally sustainable agricultural practices, and business development services; (2) 60 small and medium enterprises (18 women owned) gained access to financial services and/or business development services; (3) 1,306 beneficiaries (502 women) were provided training to improve incomes and employment for individuals and 60 (18 women led) small and medium-size enterprises. These results have contributed to the improvement of business performance of producers, particularly women, to compete in the market and create stronger market linkages. They have also contributed to more gender-sensitive business environments and fostering the growth of producers.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
05-07-2023 Disbursement -$600,488
05-07-2023 Disbursement $600,488
05-07-2023 Disbursement $600,488
05-09-2023 Disbursement $3,569
05-09-2023 Disbursement $613,905
03-01-2024 Disbursement $328,299
02-03-2024 Disbursement $520,122
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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