Sesame marketing research in progress

Cooperative for Change (C4C), Agriterra and SBN Support Programme are conducting a research on marketing chains of sesame in northwest Ethiopia. The study is led by Girar Development Consult PLC.

The main objective of the study is to gain clearer understanding of the sesame marketing, transaction risks and structural arrangements with special emphasis on farmers, their unions and cooperative organisations.

There is a national emphasis on marketing export commodities through the cooperative structure- (producers – cooperatives – unions can directly export). Yet, only up to 10% of the total sesame production has been channelled through the cooperative chain. This and other challenges in the cooperative structure, has led to the start of this study.

The study will help to understand the major constraints, limitations and successes in the sesame marketing and it will give important recommendations on how to move forward to better market the sesame on the local and international market.

The study includes various stakeholders in the sesame value chain such as farmers, federal and regional cooperative agency, banks, micro finance institutions, saving and credit cooperative, Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, Agricultural Transformation Agency, Ethiopian Producers Oil Seed and Pulses Export Association and private sector and Agricultural Growth Programme- Agricultural Marketing and Development.

Up on completion of the study,  a workshop will be organised and the results will be shared to the various stakeholders.

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By Sesame Business Network, Gondar-Ethiopia