Ethiopia has suitable climate which allows the thriving of various flora and fauna and provides the ideal condition for the horticulture sector. This is why Ethiopia has become one of the growing horticulture destinations in Africa. Currently, Horticulture is one of the sub sectors of agriculture that is receiving due attention. The horticultural sector is composed of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs and the planned horticulture development plans to play two crucial roles in the economy: earning foreign currency and creating job opportunities.
The diverse agro-climatic zones, long growing seasons, abundant water for irrigation and available land for growing fruits and vegetables have made Ethiopia the perfect place for organic certification. Furthermore, Ethiopia has the potential to cultivate all tropical, sub-tropical and temperate horticulture crops of top quality all year round.
Currently mechanized horticulture production has shown a significant rise in farm numbers, revenue generation and volume of export. Flower, fruit, vegetable and herb private farms occupy a total of 10,897.21 hectares. The sector provides employment opportunity for 199,640 people out of which 85% are women. In 2018 the sector was able to generate about 307.04 million USD out of which flower export took the highest share making it the fourth largest revenue generator for the county.
Over 130 international investors are currently operating in Ethiopia’s horticulture sector, exporting to the Netherlands, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Belgium, UAE, France, Japan Italy, and the United States, among others.