Horse bean (Vicia faba)

Horse bean is the most important pulses crop in terms of area coverage and total annual production .It has manifold advantages in the economic lives of the farming community in the high lands of the country .Horse bean is a source of food ,feed and cash to farmers. It also plays significant role in soil fertility .however; its share in the country’s pulse export is small.

Chickpea  (Cicer aretinum L.)

Chickpea is the most important pulse crop in Ethiopia. The bulk of the crop variety in the country is dominated by the sweet Desi type, and the Kabuli type is also grown in limited areas. In Ethiopia chickpeas are consumed widely fresh as green vegetables, sprouted, fried roasted and boiled. It is also ground into flour to make baby feed mixed with other cereals, soup bread and meat. It is also used to rehabilitate depleted fallow lands through utilizing crop rotation system. Chickpeas in Ethiopia hold fourth in the production and area coverage in the total pulse category.

Pea (Pisum Sativum)

This important pulse crop next to the haricot beans and chickpeas grows where horse bean can grow .In Ethiopia pea is produced by smallholding farmers without using any chemical inputs .hence the product is organic, though not certified. Most of the crop is consumed locally.

Lentil   (lens esculenta L.)

Lentil is one of the pulse crops grown in the highlands of Ethiopia. It is a popular ingredient of every day diet in the majority household’s .The local consumption is subsequently very high. Its local price is also higher than most of pulse crops it is often claimed that the internal (local) market seriously competes with the external market.

Haricot bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)

Haricot bean is one of the most important legumes grown in the lowlands of Ethiopia, particularly in the Rift Valley. In these area farmers grow white pea beans for export and home consumption.

Mung bean (Phaseolus   radiates L.)

This is an annual herb of the leguminous family .it has green skin and is also called green bean. A recent addition to the Ethiopian pulse production, it is sweet in flavor. It grows in few areas of north Shoa. Hence it is not consumed widely like the other pulses. Despite its growing demand in the international market, there is a chronic shortage of supply in Ethiopia.

Small red (phaseoulus angularis)

Small red (Adzuki) beans are produced in the country mainly for export market. The seeds are smaller than common beans but are two to three times larger than mung beans.


Ethiopian Pulses, Oil Seeds and Spices Processors and Exporters Association (EPOSPEA)

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