Business Membership Organisations

Ethiopia: Strengthening the horticultural association

Successful first phase: The Berufliche Fortbildungszentren der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (bfz) gGmbH provided continuous support to the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) from November 2017 to December 2020 as part of a chamber and association partnership. Now the second phase starts.

Quelle: EHPEA - Training on the cultivation practice of cuttings

Source: EHPEA - Training on the irrigation and fertilization computer system

Despite adverse circumstances caused by the Covid 19 pandemic and political unrest in Ethiopia, the first phase of the project was successfully completed. Internal processes as well as the professional organizational management of EHPEA were significantly improved. An externally visible change can be seen in the accreditation of the association's own training center and the modernization of public relations. Among other things, a new logo was developed and the website ( was innovatively designed. Following a successful project progress review, the partnership with the Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (bbw) was extended for another three years. In the second and final phase, the focus will be on financial sustainability and the further development of competitive services offered by the Ethiopian association to its members.


The partnership project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through sequa.


 Nawal Schmitz
Nawal Schmitz

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