African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6839

Article in Press

Analysis of Tef Value Chain in Western Ethiopia: Evidence of Smallholder Farmers and Marketing in Selected Zones of Western Oromia

Degefa Kifle

  •  Received: 14 April 2022
  •  Accepted: 19 August 2022
The purpose of this paper was analyzed the tef value chain in selected zones of western Oromia to identify major tef value chain actors, assess major constraints and opportunities regarding tef, and estimate the margins of channels. Data were collected through surveys, key informants’ interviews, and focus group discussions. The data were analyzed by analytical and descriptive statistical tools. In the study areas, there are eight different distribution channels with different market profits and margins. The margins result show that cooperatives (87%) and direct wholesalers (84%) were recorded as higher producer shares. Shortage of inputs, untimely supply of inputs, poor soil fertility, disease and lodging, limited market information, and weed infestation were reported as main constraints reducing tef productivity. The results suggest that enhancing the flow of product to market produces skills and knowledge through training, advising, and supervision; empowering women farmers by improved variety, working capital and other recommendations that enhance the tef production and marketable surplus are among aspects in need of attention by the government, research centers, universities, NGOs and private sectors who participate in the commodity value chain.

Keywords: : Value chain, tef, actors, enablers and supporters, Ethiopia