Barley Organization of Supply and Training II (BOOST II)

Country: Ethiopia
Project details
Capacity building
Market assessment

Barley Organization Of Supply and Training II (BOOST II), 2023-2027


International Finance Corporation (IFC)


  • 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


To increase the local sourcing of commercially available malt barley from smallholder and emergent commercial farmers in Ethiopia.

What we do

The four-year project would facilitate local sourcing of 21,000MT annual raw malt barley from an estimated 20,020 farmers (20,000 smallholder and 20 commercial farms) by the end of the project. The project will operate in 4 regional States (Oromia, Sidama, Amhara, SNNPR), 8 zones (Arsi, Bale, North Shewa, East Shewa, Guji, Sidama, South Gonder, and Gurage) and in over 30 woredas and 175 kebeles. All the operation areas are where malt barley is not widely grown except in Oromia (Arsi zone), where the previous BOOST project was implemented.

A combination of agronomic training, and access to improved inputs will generate a sustainable system to grow malt barley. By project end, average yields of production are estimated to grow from 2 metric tons per hectare to 3.5 metric tons per hectare (for both smallholder and commercial farmers).

The work will have the following subcomponents:

  1. Improving farmer’s access to inputs (improved seed varieties and crop protection products-CPPs)
  2. Improved agronomic practice through building the agronomic and technical production capacity of barley producers including digital extension services
  3. Improving farmers’ access to mechanization services.
  4. Piloting irrigation systems and promoting crop rotation with other crops.
  5. Support in field facilitation and providing information/content review of service providers that contribute to the project


  • Project implementation started in three out of four regions, eight administrative zones and 28 woredas, while 2,078 beneficiaries have been registered.
  • Irrigated malt barley production demos were established on 1.5 ha.
  • One agronomic training session was organized for 15 persons (Development Agents and crops related experts) on irrigated malt barley production.
  • Four field day events were conducted to popularize new malt barley varieties.
  • EUCORD staff are supporting Soufflet in grain collection