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Abel Desta Belai

Abel Desta Belai

History: Young Expert at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. - Ethiopia
YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

Position after YEP

Assistant Project Manager/Coordinator at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V., Ethiopia

YEP Role

Assistant Project Manager/Coordinator. My job is a mix of specific tasks, coordinating roles (especially in relation to the public private partnership with GIZ) and a "manusje-van-alles" role. I perform a wide range of tasks, from the relatively simple to the more complicated.


About my project: The general objective of this project is to increase local value addition of the organic avocado sector in Ethiopia. This will be done by establishing an avocado oil factory in Ethiopia, thus creating an additional outlet for the farmer next to the fresh market. Avocado oil is an edible oil used in the food industry for e.g. salads or cooking but also very good for skin and hair (cosmetics). 

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Coordinating, working with a team, thinking ahead, diverse



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bachelor’s in business administration, University of the Hague


Experience before YEP

Worked for the Ethiopian-Netherlands Business Association (ENLBA). The association represents the Dutch companies that are active in Ethiopia. I was responsible for the day to day activities but also organizing events and representing the association.

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Organisation: Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V.
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