The Market Infrastructure Projects area is directly implementing three projects that are focused on rapidly addressing systemic issues related to agricultural market infrastructure.

Cooperative Storage Pilot:

The objective of this project is to provide access to sufficient and reliable storage capacity and capabilities to smallholder farmers in target grain-producing areas (maize, wheat, tef) through the construction of modern warehouses and mobile storage units at Primary Cooperatives and Union sites.

Key Targets by end of GTPII:

  • Finalize construction and quality inspection of storage facilities in 4 Unions and 40 Primary Cooperatives with total storage capacity of 32,000 metric tons and handover to long-term owners
  • Finalize construction of concrete slabs for all 17 Mobile Storage Units with a total storage capacity of 8,500 metric tons and handover to long-term owners

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National Market Information System:

The objective of the project is to develop and implement a National market information system (NMIS) for agricultural commodities. The project will enable value chain actors, in particular smallholder farmers and policy makers, with access to timely market and price information that is essential to make informed production, marketing and appropriate policy decisions.

Key Targets by end of GTPII:

  • IT system for National Market Information System (NMIS) developed, tested and operationalized in at least 150 selected woredas
  • Price data collection, transmission and dissemination through the National Market Information System (NMIS) platform operationalized in at least 150 woredas
  • A central NMIS data center established and appropriately staffed and capacitated at the Ministry of Trade

Market Center Development Project:

The objective of this project is to support the development of urban wholesale market outlets for linking smallholder outputs to urban consumers. The design of the project will commence in the first quarter of 2011 with a target to start implementation in the third quarter of 2011.

Key Targets by end of GTPII:

  • TBD