Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Development Cooperation

Over the past years Ethiopia has achieved high economic growth and made considerable progress in achieving a number of the Millennium Development Goals. The country’s growth strategy with its emphasis on agricultural transformation and a strong expansion of public investment has delivered impressive results.

Still, in the foreseeable future Ethiopia will remain by any standard a poor and predominantly rural society. For the coming 10-15 years, the Embassy will continue its development cooperation program in Ethiopia, while at the same time intensifying activities in the economic domain in order to gradually switch from Aid to Trade.

In line with the Dutch Government’s Development Cooperation program, the Embassy focusses on three fields in which the Netherlands itself excels: Food Security, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Security and Rule of Law.

The Dairy Business Information Service and Support (DairyBISS) project is a three-year project implemented by Wageningen UR and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The DairyBISS project aims to establish a dairy business platform that initiates and monitors activities in business development, capacity building, and business information development. Proofs of concept will be introduced for technical and organizational innovations such as private farm advice, innovative housing systems, and forage production. Results will improve both business practice and long-term sustainability of the sector. Recently the new website of DairyBISS Ethiopia was launched as part of this project.