UNIDO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) are joining hands in supporting the honey value chain development for market access through the enhancement of quality and standards conformity capacity of the sector in Ethiopia. The project document was signed on 8 June 2021 by Aurelia Patrizia Calabro, UNIDO Representative and Director of the Regional Hub in Ethiopia, and His Excellency Mr. Oumar Hussein, Senior Minister, Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia.
The collaboration is part of the framework agreement of the Global Market Access Programme (GMAP), as signed in December 2019, with a duration of five years and a budget of about €10.5 million, including the intervention in five countries, including: Colombia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and further Norad priority countries.
GMAP is aiming at strengthening conformity capacity of value chains and enhancing National Quality Infrastructures in order to support market access of selected value chains in developing countries.
The GMAP Ethiopia, with a budget of €1.8 million with a duration of 3.5 years, focuses on the honey value chain, mainly in Oromia Region, an important honey production area with great potential in the country. GMAP Ethiopia addresses quality-related challenges along the honey value chain for accessing international markets. It will provide support to three strategic pillars:
- Enhance the technical competences of the national quality infrastructure institutions that support the honey value chain;
- Strengthen micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) capacity to comply with international standards and gain a greater access to international markets;
- Foster a quality culture along the honey value chain.
For more information, please contact Cong WU (C.Wu [at] unido.org)