Brief / CIAT / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Research / SLS / Value Chains / Wheat

Upgrading wheat grain quality along the value chain in Ethiopia

Thumbnail Ethiopia is the second largest wheat producing country in Africa after South Africa. Wheat is a major grain crop grown for consumption and sale and demand for wheat quality products in Ethiopia is growing, particularly during fasting periods,creating opportunities for increased wheat production.

Despite the importance of wheat for consumption and as a source of income, value chain actors are constrained by various challenges. Failure to produce the desired wheat grain reduces the prices received by producers and affects the quality of products purchased by consumers.Generally, grain quality is negatively affected by poor agronomic practices of farmers who lack training on post-harvest management and storage of wheat grain.Adequate storage facilities are missing along the value chain.

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