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Ethiopia’s Young Farmers Get a Boost: AfDB Pumps Millions into Agri-Business

by Grace Kisembo

A shot in the arm for Ethiopia’s young agricultural entrepreneurs! The African Development Bank (AfDB) has pledged a hefty $42.86 million grant to fund the ambitious Agri-MPME Development for Jobs (AMD4J) programme. This initiative, spearheaded by the AfDB’s concessional financing arm, the African Development Fund (ADF), aims to cultivate a fertile ground for youth and women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural sector.

The AMD4J programme is a two-pronged attack on the challenges faced by aspiring young Ethiopian farmers. The first pillar prioritizes financial inclusion, increasing access to financing and crucial non-financial services. This includes bolstering institutions like the Institute for the Development of Entrepreneurship, equipping them to empower these young agri-preneurs.

The second pillar focuses on the establishment of a dedicated Youth Entrepreneurship Investment Bank (YEIB). This game-changer aims to enhance the quality of financial and non-financial support available, improve coordination of youth-focused instruments, and integrate key players within the agricultural ecosystem.

But AMD4J doesn’t stop there. Recognizing the ever-present threat of climate change, the programme will collaborate with the African Adaptation Acceleration Programme (AAAP). This partnership will focus on building capacity and empowering Ethiopian businesses to adapt to a changing climate.

This targeted intervention by the AfDB is a beacon of hope, not just for the future of Ethiopia’s food security, but for the nation’s overall economic well-being. Agriculture remains the cornerstone of the Ethiopian economy, yet it faces the constant struggle against droughts, soil degradation, and the perils of overgrazing and deforestation.

By nurturing young talent and fostering a more robust agricultural business environment, the AMD4J programme has the potential to transform Ethiopia’s agricultural landscape. This investment in the nation’s youth is an investment in a more secure, sustainable, and food-abundant future.

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