Agriculture is the main stay of Ethiopia’s economy providing employment to 80 % of the population. Furthermore, agriculture plays a crucial role in providing raw material inputs for the industry.
Endowed with wide ranging agro-ecological zones and diversified resources, Ethiopia grows all types of cereals, fiber crops, oil seeds, coffee, tea, fruits and vegetables. The potentially irrigable land is estimated at 10 million hectares.
Ethiopia has the largest livestock resources in Africa. Fishery and forestry resources are also significant.
Considerable opportunities exist for new private investment in the production and processing of the above agricultural crops and resources. The following areas in particular have been identified to offer plenty of opportunities to private investors.