CREATE Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Project details
Access to finance
Capacity building
Climate-smart agriculture
Enterprise development
Value chain development
Households reached:

Community Revenue Enhancement Through Agricultural Technology Extension (CREATE), 2013-2019

Donors: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HEINEKEN International

Partners: HEINEKEN, Hundee, ICCO, Agricultural Transformation Agency, Oromia Seed Enterprise


To reduce poverty in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone through increasing agricultural capacity in rural households and limiting the dependency on imported commodities. We aim to rebuild agricultural production and increase food security by linking smallholder farmers to urban markets, restoring essential social services, and rebuilding local community cohesion and infrastructure.

What we do

EUCORD is partnering with HEINEKEN and its subsidiary HEINEKEN Ethiopia to assist with the implementation of the Community Revenue Enhancement through Agricultural Technology Extension project otherwise known as CREATE. Support by the Ministry will be used to (a) integrate groups of smallholder farmers into Heineken’s supply chain, and (b) train these farming families in good agricultural practices. This will not only help substitute imported raw materials by local ones (thereby saving scarce foreign exchange resources) but also help establish local supply chains which will transfer purchasing power from the urban middle class to the rural poor.


The CREATE project is in its fifth year and progressing well in line with its objectives. So far, the project has contributed a significant income increase for smallholder farmers and the majority of value chain actors. The introduction and dissemination of two new high yielding, malt barley varieties contributed to at least double the yield of malt barley in the project area. Around 20,000 farmers supported by the project have planted during the 2017/18 season while an estimated 30,000 other farmers bought grain from the CREATE farmers and used this as seed. The malting quality of all grains delivered to the Assela Malting Factory was greatly improved. We also saw a significant improvement in the income of smallholder farmers as well as in the production of malt barley. Last but not the least, the new malt barley varieties are also highly appreciated for their food processing qualities, making it a favorite grain for food processing and for home consumption.