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Cooperative Development Program Ethiopia

Women cutting food to celebrate.
Credit: ACDI/VOCA CDP Ethiopia

Cooperative Development Organisation

Period of Implementation

September 2010 - September 2015

Geographic scope

Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania

Americas: Paraguay


$ 5,331,785
€ 4 950 562


Agriculture & Fisheries, Banking & Financial Services, Climate & Environment

Type of Activity

Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Networking, Training & Capacity Building, Value Chains / Socioeconomic Circuits


Under the Cooperative Development Program (CDP) extension, ACDI/VOCA built upon the CDP activities implemented in Ethiopia since 2011, to expand the institutional strengthening of the Federal Cooperative Agency (FCA) and Regional Cooperative Agencies (RCA) and build the capacity of cooperatives. CDP activities continued to facilitate increased agricultural productivity, expanded trade and investment, and improvements in the cooperative legal and regulatory environment. In Ethiopia, ACDI/VOCA’s work continued to emphasize food security, increasing productivity, reducing post-harvest losses, and streamlining market access for farmers growing cereals, fruits and vegetables, pulses and oil seeds, livestock, dairy, and specialty coffee. Additionally, the CDP program leveraged and built upon ACDI/VOCA’s work in Liberia since the 1970s in collaboration with several different USG projects implemented by ACDI/VOCA to improve the capacity of the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA) and the current cooperative partners on the ground. In Liberia, CDP’s work supported food security, increasing productivity, reducing post-harvest losses, access to financial services, and streamlining market access for farmers growing palm oil and cocoa.

The CDP work in both East and West Africa supported the efforts of other USAID cooperative research 
initiatives and programs as well as cooperative research such as the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council Research Group. 

Project Objectives

  • Increase food security and financial stability of smallholder farmers 
  • Expand trade and investment opportunities 
  • Improve performance of cooperatives to meet the needs of their members 

Impact on SDGs

SDG2 - Zero Hunger
SDG3 - Good Health and Well-Being
SDG6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG10 - Reduced Inequalities

Main Indicators

1. Percentage of dividends distributed to male and female cooperative members
2. Percentage increase in volume of outputs purchased by cooperatives from male and female
3. Percentage increase in volume of inputs sold by cooperatives to male and female members
4. Number of constraints addressed through legal, regulatory or institutional actions taken to
improve trade and investment activities

Impact Measurement

1. Membership, Marketing, Money, and Management (M4)
2. Annual Surveys
3. Specialized Learning Studies
4. Program Evaluations

Key Tags

Environment, Food Security, Inequalities