Abiro Tigabie*, Dejene Mamo and Degu Temeche
Faba bean is one of the major pulse crops grown in the study areas with a considerable share in area coverage and volume of production. The purpose of this study was to identify the production status and the major value chain actors with their roles along the value chain. Data was collected by using quantitative and qualitative ways of individual interviews, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews from 550 smallholder farmers and 54 other value chain actors. A descriptive method like frequency, mean, and percentage was used. Actors and activity mapping, value chain mapping, and market governance methods were also employed. Farmers produced faba beans to generate cash income. Production and volume of supply trends for faba bean become declined due to biotic and abiotic factors. The value chain actors are governed from input supply up to final consumption through various value addition processes. Smallholder farmers performed a vital role in the production and marketing of the commodity. Retailers contributed a large share of market governance while processors earned a high-profit margin in the value chain process. Low investment for faba bean production contributed to low productivity and the poor quality of the produces which affected the desired demand. The grain price variations throughout the year resulted in inconsistent supply. Establishing and strengthening partnership linkage along the value chain actors will improve the farmers' production and supply of faba beans. Improving farmers’ and extension workers' awareness will improve the quality and volume of product supply to the market.
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