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FME and NABC organize on behalf of RVO ( ) and the Dutch Embassy in Ethiopia a trade mission oilseeds and pulses from 5 to 9 October 2015 to Ethiopia. This trade mission aims to improve knowledge transfer and to identify investment and trade opportunities in the area of oilseeds and pulses.

Why participate?

As a participant in this trade mission you will gain valuable insight into the future trade and investment opportunities in Ethiopia. This insight will contribute to your unique, in-depth knowledge about the latest developments in your field. Participating in this trade mission will strengthen and expand your corporate network in Ethiopia. You can also take part in field visits, matchmaking sessions, networking events and business meetings.


The mission focuses on the value chain of oilseeds and pulses as well as on the institutional framework. Please find the program via this link.

The program will focus on the following issues which are relevant in this context:

- The value chain of oilseeds and pulses; producers, processors, storage, marketing and exporters;
- General information;
- Financing of the value chain;
- Institutional framework and governmental bodies;
- Visit to existing projects (SBN, Agriterra and SNV, USAID);
- Matchmaking (informational and business contact exchange)

Please be aware that specific notifications of the delegation may affect the final program.

Company profile of participants
During this mission Dutch companies and stakeholders in the private sector will travel to Ethiopia to gain knowledge of the oilseeds and pulses sector. The overall objective of the mission is to contribute to the development of the sector in Ethiopia and promoting the export of Ethiopia to the Netherlands, both for raw and processed products.

The target group consists of Dutch importers and processors of oilseeds and pulses and investors interested in this sector.

Specific focus will be on:

- Importers and agents of high quality oilseeds and pulses
- Importers of animal feed, mainly food for birds
- Manufacturers and packagers of snacks such as granola / breakfast bars
- Manufacturers of cereals and muesli which make other seeds / nuts / cereal mix
- Purchasers of high-quality vegetable oils
- Manufacturers of cosmetics that use sesame oil
- Packers humus and other freshly made food
- Bakeries using oil seeds (such as sesame) .

Practical information

Participation and registration

Participation in the trade mission of 5 to October 9, 2015 amounts to € 450 , - excl. VAT.

Costs for travel, accommodation and other individual expenses are to be met individually. The NABC makes a suggestion for your travel and stay. You can register until September 4, 2015 at the address of RVO. Please register via this link:

Prior to the mission, participants will be provided with appropriate guidance regarding both substantive and logistical matters.

In the Netherlands, a members meeting will be held, more than a month prior to the mission.

In Ethiopia too, a members meeting will be held. This meeting is intended for the Ethiopian parties participating in the matchmaking, in the workshop or facilitating a company visit.



The cultivation, processing and export of oil seeds and pulses (such as sesame, linseed, soya, chickpeas and lentils) is booming in Ethiopia. The oilseed sector in Ethiopia is the next-to-largest exporter of oil seeds and pulses in the world, with a total turnover (in 2013) of 919.9 million US dollars. Oilseeds are currently exporting product no. 1 for Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian oilseeds sector has annually grown by approximately 11.6% in production volume, whereby the average prices have risen by 24%. The total production within this sector is around the three million tons per year, of which 674 thousand tons are being exported.

Besides the impressive export figures, Ethiopia is also importing a variety of oil substitutes. Especially essential oils are popular on the local market. Some (by) products from pulses and oilseeds such as soybean cake (by-product released during the extraction of soybean oil from soybeans), niger seed and sesame cake are used for the production of fodder. The high demand for crude oil products for animal feed has recently led to an export ban in order to ensure the financial sustainability of fodder. This implies that there are opportunities for production targeting the local market.

The sector provides potential for a powerful product - market combination in the specific niche market for organic oilseeds and pulses. The low cost of production and the climatic conditions that allow the production of specific sub- types are important potential success factors.

Business Opportunity Report - Oilseeds and Pulses 2015

More information can be found in the Oilseeds and Pulses Business Opportunities Report released by NABC and FME on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( Please open the report via this link.



Vruchtbare start van sesamzaadbewerking in Ethiopië

Dipasa is wereldwijd een van de 3 grootste verwerkers op het gebied van sesamzaad. Dat vindt z’n weg naar bijvoorbeeld de crackers van Wasa. Recent is Dipasa in Ethiopië begonnen met de bewerking van sesamzaad, zoals reinigen en pellen. Marcel Keizer, directeur Dipasa Europe B.V., Enschede: “Wij hebben een machinepark in Afrika neergezet en onze kennis meegeleverd. Agentschap NL en onze Ethiopische partner hielpen met de financiering.”

“Ethiopië is enorm in opkomst als producent van sesamzaad”, vertelt Marcel Keizer, directeur Dipasa Europe B.V. “De belangrijkste reden voor een bewerkingsfabriek in Ethiopië is dat we meer grip willen hebben op de kwaliteit en zekerheid van levering. De vraag neemt toe. Ook in de toekomst willen we onze klanten goed kunnen bedienen. Daarom wilden we vaste voet krijgen in de (sub)tropische gordel waar het sesamzaad groeit en zodoende minder afhankelijk worden van traders en speculanten.” 

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Maritime Authority Sets Big Boost to Containerisation

The Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA), in concert with the Ministry of Trade (MoT), is planning to increase the country’s export stuffing from its current seven percent to 30pc by the end of the fiscal year 2014/15. The stuffing of exportable items, which means containerising them, is done after the items arrive in Djibouti port for export, says Mekonen Abera, director general of the Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA).

The Authority, which is to implement the stuffing starting from this year, has taken the experience from the Netherlands, a country that incorporates what is called the golden triangle. The golden triangle integrates the exporters, the government regulatory bodies and logistics service providers. 

“This will be good for the exporters as they will have confidence in what they are sending to their customers and it will also be good to avoid any kind of theft and dampness that might occur on the road,” Mekonnen told Fortune.

Priority items for now will be pulses and oil seeds because opposed to coffee, they are not sensitive items for stuffing and exportation, Mekonen said.

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Trade mission details

Oilseeds and Pulses Trade Mission to Ethiopia
From October 05, 2015
Till October 09, 2015
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia