BOOST Ethiopia

Country: Assela, Oromia, Ethiopia
Project details
Access to finance
Capacity building
Enterprise development
Value chain development

Barley Organization Of Supply and Training in South East and Central Oromia (BOOST-SECO), 2020-2023

Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Partners: Soufflet Malt Ethiopia, HEINEKEN Breweries Ethiopia, Agricultural Transformation Agency, Oromia Seed Enterprise, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Micro Finance Institutions, Oromia Agriculture Research Institute, Bureau of Agriculture, Oromia Cooperative Promotion Agency, Oromia Bureau of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Oromia Agriculture and Natural Resource Bureau


The goal of the Project is to enhance the productivity of farmers and the quality of the resulting malt barley to meet Soufflet Malt Ethiopia’s local sourcing objectives in terms of quality grades as well as quantity

What we do

EUCORD is partnering with Soufflet Malt Ethiopia to assist with the implementation of the Barley Organization Of Supply and Training in South East and Central Oromia otherwise known as BOOST-SECO.

EUCORD is responsible for Component 1: Improving the malt barley production capacity of farmers by increasing access to improved seed varieties and other agricultural inputs. Support by IFC is used to:

  1. Improve farmers’ access to improved seed varieties
  2. Improve farmers’ access to other inputs such as crop protection products and fertilizer
  3. Build the agronomic and technical capacity of barley producers

In addition, IFC is handling Component 2 through a contract with Precise Consult International, which is building the business management capacity of aggregators using the Agribusiness Leadership Program (ALP) and improving the clustering of farmers. Component 3 which is linked to establishing contract farming and farmer financing models is implemented by Soufflet Malt Ethiopia.