More than twice as large in 2019: The 3rd agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia featuring 152 global technology leaders from 18 countries

Conferences on Reducing food losses and waste, Increase of agricultural productivity through innovation, Financing for SMEs, Post-harvest losses - Focus on food safety, Recycling: Development-oriented business opportunities

Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest importer of food & beverage processing technology and its second largest food market

Due to the upbeat market development and an ever increasing interest in the Ethiopian market, the 3rd agrofood & its partner event plastprintpack Ethiopia 2019 continue their success story.  

The 2019 event is more than twice as big as last year. And it is much more international. 

The exhibition is complemented by conferences, presentations and panel discussions on Reducing food losses and waste, Increase of agricultural productivity through innovation, Financing for SMEs, Post-harvest losses - Focus on food safety and Recycling.

Organised by the German trade show specialists fairtrade in cooperation with their Ethiopian partners Prana Events the event is scheduled for 09 to 11 May 2019 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.

What makes agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia 2019 so unique?

  • Not less than five official country pavilions are present this year, namely from China, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey. Germany and Turkey are in for the very first time with official national pavilions while China, France and Italy renew and upgrade their pavilions. 
  • China see here and here – After 11 Chinese exhibitors were extremely satisfied with their participation in 2018, China will be present in 2019 with a huge pavilion of 67 Chinese exhibitors.
  • France – As for the previous editions the French Agrofood Association adepta leads a delegation of 7 French companies to exhibit in the Pavillon France. Additional French companies exhibit outside the French Pavilion
  • Germany see here and here – 19 German exhibitors participate inside and outside the German Pavilion 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 see here and here – A large Italian pavilion with 19 Italian exhibitors is on for 2019.
  • Turkey see here and here – The huge Turkish pavilion with 13 Turkish exhibitors enjoys the support of the Turkish Ministry of Trade.
  • 152 global technology leaders from 18 countries present their solutions, products and technologies tailored to the needs of the Ethiopian agrofood & plastprintpack business community.   
  • Strong international presence: The exhibitors come from Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and USA.     
  • Strong presence of international market leaders in food, beverage and packaging technology & ingredients.    
  • The interactive agrofood and plastprintpack portals allowing exhibitors and visitors to communicate and to arrange business meetings before, during and after the event, all year round.

Conferences, presentations and events  

agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia 2019 is supplemented by conferences, presentations and panel discussions, organized by the GIZ-Global Business Network and DLG.  Among the most important topics covered by Ethiopian and European experts are:

  • Reducing food losses and waste
  • From wheat seed to pasta – Increase of agricultural productivity through innovation
  • Financing for SMEs
  • Post-harvest losses - Focus on food safety due to toxicogenic fungi and mycotoxins
  • Recycling: Development-oriented business opportunities

Ethiopia’s ambitious targets up to 2025 - High sustainable GDP growth

According to the Ethiopian government, Ethiopia, until 2025, shall become the manufacturing hub of Africa, and its population shall achieve middle-income status. All this shall be reached within the framework of a carbon neutral economy.

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

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Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest importer of food & beverage processing technology and its second largest food market

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 Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Ethiopian Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute
  • Food Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority of Ethiopia


  • adepta French Agrofood Association
  • DLG German Agricultural Society
  • Embassies of Germany, France, Italy 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