horticulture_webArea: Ethiopia
Participants: ZEF (with information at least partly provided by local partners involved in the BMEL-funded NutriHAF project, in collaboration with GlobalHort and its network)
Products: Fruits and vegetables
Intensification drivers: Diversification (and intensification) through multi-storey cropping
Read moreDiversifying agriculture for balanced nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems (NutriHAF-Africa)
Report: Please download the complete Light Case Study report here.

There is growing recognition of the emergence of a “triple burden” of malnutrition with hunger, overconsumption, and micronutrient deficiency (“hidden hunger”) occurring simultaneously among low-income countries.

Micronutrient deficiency is particularly widespread in the tropics, where in most countries the per capita supply of fruit and vegetables is far lower than the minimum recommended amount of 73 kg per person and year. Fruit and vegetables are the most important source of micronutrients, fibber, vitamins and minerals that are essential for a balanced and healthy diet. Horticulture can help to overcome malnutrition and poverty and improve health conditions of both the rural and urban poor by increasing the production, quality, consumption and profitability of nutritious and health-promoting fruits and vegetables.

In Ethiopia, the production levels of fruits and vegetables are still far below potential, and public research on horticultural technologies is negligible. To improve the nutritional status of the population and accelerate other positive development impacts such as employment generation, new market opportunities and women empowerment, pathways and strategies for sustainable intensification need to be identified for the fruit and vegetable value chain, including all actors, limitations and enabling factors along the whole chain.

Our objective is to investigate the process of intensification in the context of the value chains of different fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems, by 1) mapping the stakeholders of the value chain and the promoters of intensification, 2) identifying the main bottlenecks along the value chains that impact intensification, 3) identifying the main drivers and potentials for the intensification of fruit and vegetable production, and 4) evaluating the economic, social, and environmental implications of the intensification of fruit and vegetable production. The result will be a report providing advice on and prospects of the sustainable intensification of the value chains of different fruits and vegetables in Ethiopia and the potential impacts on the various stakeholders.