The Kuraz Sugar Development Project (KSDP) in Ethiopia:

between ‘sweet visions’ and mounting challenges

Major cutbacks in size and processing capacity cast reasonable doubts on the economic returns of the state-owned Kuraz Sugar Development Project (KSDP) in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley. The pressing question, however, is not whether the KSDP will be able to meet the great expectations placed on its contributions to the national economy, but rather how much this unprecedented agri-business venture will fall short of its stated agro-economic and macro-economic objectives.