Teff, A Rising Global Crop: Current Status of Teff Production and Value Chain
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2018
First Page: 185
Last Page: 193
Publisher ID: TOASJ-12-185
Article History:Received Date: 27/5/2018
Revision Received Date: 13/7/2018
Acceptance Date: 28/7/2018
Electronic publication date: 28/09/2018
Collection year: 2018
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The global dominance of the three crops, maize, wheat, and rice in the current food system has raised an alarm. Heavy dependence on these crops can limit our capacity to deal with food shortage and dietary imbalance.
Teff (Eragrostis tef), a warm-season annual cereal, is one of the underutilized crops that can contribute to food security and crop diversification. Teff contains high and unique nutritional values, which will meet the need of health-conscious consumers. It is also a low risk crop, which resists many biotic and abiotic stresses. Currently, Ethiopia is the largest teff producing country, and the only country to have adopted teff as a staple crop. However, the teff production and value chain in Ethiopia largely rely on traditional practices, and the teff market is limited by the government’s export ban. Instead, other countries such as USA are increasingly participating in the teff market.
This study investigates the current status of teff production and value chain mainly in Ethiopia. The results suggest what areas Ethiopia should improve to take the lead in the rising teff market, and in what way others may participate.