Ethiopian and Rwandan spice-farmers to receive best practices training in South India

Programme aims to revive the failing ginger production in Ethiopia

Strengthen ginger and turmeric value chains in Ethiopia and Rwanda

Training to benefit over 80,000 farmer livelihoods

Geneva: January 15, 2016 – As part of its Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Arica (SITA) project, the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) is collaborating with the Indian Spices Board, the Peermade Development Society in Idukki, and leading spice exporters from the Indian private sector to provide training and help boost productivity of farmers from Ethiopia and Rwanda.

The training responds to the needs of farmers to tackle the ginger crop destruction in Ethiopia due to diseases such as bacterial wilt and rhizome rot. It is expected that the training will help revive the deteriorating ginger production, especially in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNP) region of Ethiopia, and help them adopt best practices to boost productivity and exports.

The trainees from Rwanda will be oriented towards upscaling ginger production through the adoption of good agricultural practice (GAP), and be trained to identify and mitigate any diseases. Rwanda, with its limited land, is seeking to introduce cultivation of high-value cash crops towards increasing farm incomes.

The programme also includes training on good agriculture practices for turmeric farming – another major cash crop in the region.

The programme, if successfully implemented, can benefit over 80,000 smallholder farmer livelihoods in the two countries.

A team of farmers and processors from Ethiopia and Rwanda will visit Kerala and Tamilnadu between 18 and 23 January, 2016 to be exposed to and trained at Spices Board of India facilities in Erode and Kochi, Ginger and Turmeric farms and the Organic Spice Processing Division of the Peermade Development Society in Idukki and at the processing plant of Synthite Industries, Kolencherry – one of the largest spice-extract exporters in the world.

Subsequently, demonstrator farms deploying Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) will be developed in Ethiopia and Rwanda, where farmers can receive hands-on training, and observe the benefits of using modern agronomic practices in improving productivity.

SITA is a South-South trade and investment project, funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), which responds to the challenges faced by selected East African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda – in increasing their competitiveness across select value chains through partnerships from Indian institutions and the business sector.

Govind Venuprasad, SITA Coordinator said, “This training programme brings together partners and stakeholders from across the Spices value chain to boost crop productivity and profitability. It also seeks to establish long term trade and investment linkages, creating job opportunities and improving the livelihoods for farmers in Ethiopia and Rwanda. I pay tribute to our Indian collaborators for so readily sharing best practises with partners from Ethiopia and Rwanda with a long-term view towards a mutually beneficial relationship.”

About the International Trade Centre

ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the UN Global Goals.


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