Horticultural crops

Fruits, vegetables and flowers
The climate, various soil types and access to water make Ethiopia favorable for the growing of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Major exportable fruits include citrus, banana, mango, papaya, avocado, guava, grapes, pineapple, passion fruit, apples and strawberries. Vegetables include potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, okra, egg plant, tomato, celery, cucumber etc. 

Currently a total of 1200 hectares of land is covered by more than 80 flower growers who came from the Netherlands, India and Israel as well as domestic investors.  The main cut flower exports include: statice, alliums, roses and carnations. The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association contains extensive information on the sector.


Ethiopian Horticulture Producer and Exporters Association (EHPEA)

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer and Exporters Association (EHPEA) was established in September 2002 to represent the interests of its members and promote the expansion of the emerging horticulture export sector in Ethiopia. 
EHPEA is a non profit making and non governmental organization whose members are all registered businesses engaged in the production of floriculture, cutting, propagation, ornamental plants, fruit, vegetable, and herb for the export market. 
It had started with five members and successfully grown to 85 members. Over 70% of producing and exporting horticulture enterprises operating in Ethiopia are members of our association. The association is led by five board members who are elected by the General Assembly. The association is managed by an Executive Director and support staffs.

Chairman              Tsegaye Abebe

Board Members   Marc Driessen
Seifu Bedada
Solomon Sebehatu
Yidnekachew Ayele

Our Mission Statement

Our mission at EHPEA is to promote and safeguard the sustainable competitive position of the Ethiopian horticulture sector within the global market. The strategic activities of the association include:
o  Representing the sector
o  Facilitating market access and linkage 
o Supporting the implementation of the responsible production practices that protect employees and the environment
o  Organizing, supporting, and delivering capacity building activities for our members
o  Formation of partnerships and networking with stakeholders


The EHPEA is recognized as ‘The voice of the Sector’ at both national and international levels. Within Ethiopia, the association is actively involved in discussion with the gov-ernment and concerned stakeholders regarding service provision, national policies, and the regulatory framework whilst at international level, the association is an active member of Union Fleur, COLEACP, and the Horticultural Council of ESA. Promotional activities are carried out in Ethiopia and internationally to raise the aware¬ness and profile of the sector. The association represents the sector at international trade fairs and meetings, it as well organizes and hosts visits made by Trade Delegations to Ethiopia.


Investors, visitors to Ethiopia, and buyers of fresh produce are assured of a welcome at the association and can know that they will be able to access up-to-date information about the sector. The EHPEA is able to provide market information for producers, prod-uct information for buyers, and facilitate linkages between producers, buyers, and the international market.Access to the export market by the small holder farmers who produce green beans is being assisted by the CFC funded project managed by the association.


In 2007, the Association launched its own Code of Practice for Sustainable Flower Pro-duction. The Code includes good agricultural practice, protection of the environment and corporate social responsibility. Standards set in the Code provide both guidance for development and a tool to monitor performance. All export flower and cutting farms are required to comply with the Code which is being audited by a recognized external audit entity.


A comprehensive program of workshops, seminars, on farm trainings and study tours is provided for the sector. This program is designed to raise the awareness, understanding and skill of Owners, Managers and farm employees and includes cold chain and quality management, integrated pest management, farm safety, green¬house management and production skills and protection of the environment. Train¬ings are organized in response to the needs of the sector and are provided by the EHPEA training team and visiting consultants.


Partnerships and networking are two important aspects of working efficiently to pro¬duce results. The association works in partnership with government, a number of donors, non governmental and Civil Society organizations to initiate and implement projects and activities designed to increase the scope, size and sustainability of the sector.

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