The Performance of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Export Sector

Accelerated economic growth has been the main agenda of the Ethiopian government, especially since 2002/3. One area that has been emphasized, in order to promote the economic performance of the country, is external trade, which generates foreign exchange needed to finance imports of essential goods and services for the economy. This research brief is largely drawn from the 2013 EEA’s annual report on the performance of the Ethiopian economy. The purpose of the research was to shed light on the structure and performance of the country’s agricultural export in the past decade. Findings are mainly based on data collected from the National Bank of Ethiopia. However, data from other sources (such as Customs Authority) were also used to a lesser extent.