The poultry sector in Ethiopia, both for layers and broilers, is developing relatively rapidly. Main drivers for this sector development are:

  1. The Ethiopian government promotes egg and poultry meat consumption, coupled with its strategy of import substitution of chicken meat.
  2. Urbanization and demand for fast food type chicken products; major chains are exploring the market but unable to enter as their quality standards are not met.
  3. Technology transfer from foreign (often Dutch) companies, stimulated by trade missions and trade facilitation financed by the Dutch Embassy in Ethiopia;
  4. Presence of a number of medium to large sized companies of Ethiopian entrepreneurs, that see poultry as a good investment and that are keen to work with smallholder farmers to expand their business.


A farm where broilers are fattened