Ethiopia has the soils and climate required for the production of a variety of food crops. The major food crops grown are cereals, pulses and oilseeds.
Fruits, vegetables and flowers
The climate, various soil types and access to water make Ethiopia favorable for the growing of fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The livestock population of Ethiopia is the biggest in Africa and the tenth in the world. However, traditional methods of animal husbandry render the output per unit of domestic livestock very low.
Although current alcohol consumption in Ethiopia rates it as one of the lowest in the East African region, the entrance of two big Dutch Brewers (Heineken and Bavaria) indicates that the market is booming.
Ethiopia's tourism potential is largely untapped and has great potential both for foreign and local visitors of historic, cultural, or eco-tourism.
Recently a study was conducted to investigate the business opportunities in aquaculture with respect to food security.
The food processing sector in Ethiopia represents an annual turnover of 2 billion US$. Most important processed foods are: refined palmoil, biscuits, fruit juices, refined sugar and (alcoholic) beverages.
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Ethiopia has extensive opportunities in the construction industry, particularly in the construction of roads, residential development, commercial and industrial construction and low-cost housing.
All companies need complementary producers. Thus, services like packaging, cooling and transport as well as research are essential.