German-Ethiopian Seed Co-operation Project

Back in 2012, a co-operation between Germany and Ethiopia has been launched to improve the supply in seeds for local farmers and thereby also yields. The project has been planned for 15 years and is designed to address the following issues: sustainable use of plant genetic resources, practical plant breeding and supply of seeds of locally adapted, high-yielding autochthonous plant varieties for domestic Ethiopian demand. The project involves the education and continued training of Ethiopian plant breeders and farmers as well as the support of regional plant breeding projects.

In a first phase, the aim is to step up the abilities of public breeding organizations to breed high-performing locally adapted plant varieties. Furthermore, farmers will be trained for seed multiplication in order to improve the economic relations with individual farms. The farmers will be qualified for producing certified seed by yearly training courses.

In addition, a close co-operation has been established between the German gene bank, the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Research (IPK) in Gatersleben and the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute. This project module provides training for the Ethiopian gene bank staff in issues of preservation, characterization and evaluation of plant genetic resources to improve the usability of the plant genetic resources.

The cooperation project is co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture as well as all member companies of GFP. In Ethiopia, the co-operation project is supervised by staff of the German Society for International Co-operation (GIZ).


Contact for more information:

Mike Bartels

Project Manager Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Hisham Complex (5th floor),

Kazanchis Area

P.O. Box 12631

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: +251 115 516 313

Mobile: +251 911 202 642

Fax: +251 115 506 006