East and Central Africa's largest economy expected to grow by 7.8 to 10% between 2019 and 2023

The 3rd agrofood Ethiopia 2019 featuring already six official national pavilions   

agro AgroTech Ethiopia 2019: fairtrade and DLG enter into strategic partnership

food + bev tec Ethiopia 2019: Imports of f&b technology up 24% to 157 million euros in 2017

food + hospitality 2019: Food trade with Ethiopia a 2.770 billion US$ business  

Based on upbeat market developments, agrofood Ethiopia 2019 is to continue its success story.

“Until 2025 we target to make Ethiopia the manufacturing hub of Africa and to achieve middle-income status for our population. All this shall be reached within the framework of a carbon neutral economy" outlined Ethiopia’s State Minister of Industry Dr. Mebrahtu Meles during the opening of agrofood Ethiopia 2018. 

“The country is demonstrating continuous and high GDP growth for over 14 years now. As a result, Ethiopia became one of the world’s fastest growing economies and an impressive investment destination in Africa.” 

Ethiopia’s GDP increased from US$ 65 billion in 2015 to US$ 86 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach US$ 90 billion in 2019. East and Central Africa’s largest economy is expected to reach 7.6 percent GDP growth for the Ethiopian fiscal year 2017/18 (July 8 to July 7) and real GDP growth between 7.8 and 10.0 percent for 2019 to 2023. EIU / GTAI

On the Ethiopian market

The 3rd agrofood Ethiopia on 09 - 11 May 2019 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa

All these are excellent pre-conditions for the 3rd edition of agrofood Ethiopia 2019, once again organised by the German trade show specialists fairtrade Messe. agrofood is Ethiopia’s 3rd international trade show on agriculture, food & beverage processing & packaging, ingredients, bakery & confectionery and food & hospitality. 

Together with its partner event plastprintpack Ethiopia the show is scheduled for 09 - 11 May 2019 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.


agrofood Ethiopia 2019 featuring new pavilions from Germany and Turkey

China, France and Italy renew their pavilions

The 3rd edition of agrofood & plastprintpack has lots of good news for 2019 as it will definitely be the biggest ever!

Germany and Turkey are in for the very first time with official national pavilions while China, France and Italy renew their pavilions once again. 

China - After 11 Chinese exhibitors had already participated in 2018, an even more important pavilion is present in 2019.

France – As for the previous editions adepta leads a delegation of French companies to exhibit in the Pavillon France.

Germany - The German Pavilion is presented by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and AUMA Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, supported by DLG German Agricultural Society.

Italy - A larger Italian pavilion is on for 2019.

Turkey - The huge Turkish pavilion enjoys the support of the Turkish Ministry of Trade.

A unique concept - agrofood Ethiopia covers the entire value chain, from field to fork

agrofood Ethiopia consists of the three sub-brands agro AgroTech Ethiopiafood + bev tec Ethiopia and food + hospitality Ethiopia

agro AgroTech Ethiopia 2019
For the first time fairtrade and DLG German Agricultural Society enter into strategic partnership. Organisers of the world’s  No. 1 trade shows Agritechnica and Eurotier, DLG is the global leader in professional agritec and animal husbandry trade shows, in the business since 1885.

food + bev tec Ethiopia 2019
Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest importer of food & beverage processing technology and it invests heavily in its food and beverage industry. The country’s imports of food, beverage and packaging technology increased by 24%in 2017, from 127 million euros to 157 million euros. VDMA 

Double-digit growth is also forecasted for 2018 and 2019. 

food + hospitality Ethiopia 2019
Ethiopia, with its 105 million inhabitants, is East and Central Africa’s second largest food market. Food trade with Ethiopia is a US$ 4.088 billion business, with food imports amounting to $1.889 billion and food exports to US$ 2.199 billion in 2017. WTO

Strong institutional support

Ethiopian government: 

  • Ministry of Industry
  • Ethiopian Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute
  • Food Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority of Ethiopia
  • Chemical and Construction Inputs Industry Development Institute


  • adepta French agrofood association
  • Embassies of Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey 
  • German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture
  • GIZ German Association for International Cooperation
  • ITA Italian Trade Agency
  • NABC Netherlands African Business Council
  • Turkish Ministry of Trade
  • Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association

Review of the successful 2018 edition

agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2018 saw 2,673 trade visitors from 9 countries discussing their business with 58 exhibitors from 18 countries. 86% of the visitors were decision makers.  

Thousands of B2B meetings created high satisfaction rates among exhibitors and visitors:

  • 97% of the visitors recommend the show and 68%  plan to invest over the next 12 months
  • 93% of the exhibitors are satisfied with the event as a whole and 86% recommend the show 

For full details see Post Show Report 2018.