Ethiopia Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP)

Improving the Maize Value Chain Through Public-Private Partnerships


ACDI/VOCA implements USAID’s three-year Feed the Future Ethiopia Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), a public-private partnership among USAID, DuPont, and the Government of Ethiopia. The program’s goal is to sustainably increase more than 100,000 smallholder farmers’ yields and enhance income potential while also improving nutrition outcomes in 15 districts over four regions of Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples.  The program uses demonstration plots to show farmers the appropriate performance and result of improved high-quality hybrid maize seed varieties by providing training on use of agricultural inputs and improved technologies to increase productivity and support the marketing system to improve the overall maize value chain activities and processes. The program also uses regional and district level field days on the demonstration plots to promote the importance of agricultural inputs and new technologies to small scale farmers around the demonstration plots.


  • Leverage the private sector investment of DuPont Pioneer to enhance the incomes of 100,000 smallholder maize farmers in the four regions
  • Scale up a network for sustainable seed distribution in support of the government of Ethiopia’s Agriculture Growth Program (AGP)


  • Conduct demonstrations to promote and popularize the use of hybrid maize varieties
  • Increase marketing of AMSAP designated farmer cooperative unions through marketing linkages in collaboration with the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and with large scale processing factories
  • Reduce post-harvest loss through training and introduction of improved threshing equipment, model grain storage and grain pro bags packaging
  • Support expansion of farmer/dealer networks to facilitate and support the marketing and distribution of maize hybrid varieties
  • Facilitate and increase access to output credit and financing through training, coaching and linking Farmer Cooperative Unions to financial institutions
  • Conduct gender and nutrition trainings to support nutrition integration and gender equity outcomes

  • To date, more than 1,385 metric tons of seed have been commercialized and 117,035 farmers and others have applied improved technologies or management practices as a result of AMSAP. In addition, $2,549,294 worth of agricultural and rural loans have been facilitated.

Funder: USAID Feed the Future
Contact: Johana De la Cruz,