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Dried beans in Ethiopia: increasing food security through trade

This paper focuses on collaborative efforts to link white pea bean farmers in Ethiopia to canning factories and retailers in the UK. It explores the benefits and risks of working closely with a key intermediary and of tailoring a supply chain to meet the needs of a lead retailer. Key lessons include the use of reliable data and a flexible product to appeal to a frequently-changing buyer landscape. At the same time, this paper demonstrates the benefits that trade can bring to food-insecure smallholders.

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  • IIED code: 16035IIED
  • Published: Nov 2012 - IIED, Sustainable Food Laboratory
  • Theme: Sustainable markets
  • ISBN: 978-1-84369-862-3
  • Language: English

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Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods. But recent market trends have led to declining small farmer participation. Yet, these farmers have the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products the food industry seeks. This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.

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