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
Specifically, the project intends to: