Value Chain Development for improved livelihoods in Ethiopia


The Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development (GRAD) project in Ethiopia engages food insecure households in various agricultural value chains. As a result, these households have showed improved incomes.

GRAD works with 65,000 chronically food insecure households in 16 districts of Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and, Southern Nations and Nationalities and Peoples regions. These households face four to six months food gap yearly, and are surviving on the government’s safety net program. The GRAD project was designed with the aim of graduating these households from the government safety net program by boosting their income through engagement in lucrative agricultural value chains and by building their resilience.

GRAD, a USAID funded project, is implemented in partnership with CARE, Catholic Relief Society, Agri-Service Ethiopia, Organisation for the Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara and Relief Society of Tigray.

Under GRAD, households have received support to engage in selected commodities. Adamsu Alemu and Yeshehareg Asradew from Amhara region tell us their stories about how they have increased their incomes after getting involved in the project. Watch the video below: