USAID and PepsiCo

A Haitian farmerRoberto Schmidt/AFP

USAID has partnered with PepsiCo and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve yields, production and availability of healthy food in East Africa.


The pilot program in Ethiopia focuses on improving the production of chickpeas by building the capacity of local farmers, establishing drip irrigation systems, and supporting local millers, processors, and packers. 


This initiative, called Enterprise EthioPEA, supports the Ethiopian government's agriculture sector development plans and aims to dramatically increase chickpea production to address three distinct needs. 


With an average of 22 percent protein, chickpeas are a more sustainable alternative to meat and have the potential to reduce risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes. While

Ethiopia is Africa's largest producer of chickpeas, there remains high potential to increase yields and improve quality. The potential exists to stabilize and to strengthen this existing value chain, not only as a source for a nutritious staple food, but also as an export crop and a flexible ingredient for many processed foods.


Specifically, the project intends to:

  • Enable nearly 10,000 Ethiopian farmers to realize a two-fold increase in chickpea yield by applying more modern agricultural practices and irrigation techniques.
  • Develop a locally sourced, nutrient-rich, ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) to address malnutrition.
  • Scale-up and strengthen the Ethiopian chickpea supply chain to harness the potential of a domestic and export market and increase the availability of locally-produced nutritious products for consumers.