Haricot bean is one of the most important grain legumes grown in the low lands of Ethiopia, particularly in the Rift Valley. In these areas, white pea beans are grown for export purposes as well as for domestic consumption. Haricot bean is also a principal food crop, particularly in the southern and eastern parts of Ethiopia.

Product Varieties: The varieties of haricot beans in use in the country include white, mixed, red, and other color types. The white haricot bean varieties are: Mexican 142, Awash 1 and Awash Melka. The other types of haricot bean varieties include: Key, Wolayta, Roba 1, Atendaba Brown, Speckled, Ayenew, Gofta, Zebra, Gobe Rash, Beshbesh, Melke, Tabor, Batagonia, Angeber, and TV.
Agro-Ecological Conditions: The altitude suitable for the growth of haricot bean ranges between 600 and 2,200m. The planting period for the haricot bean needs to be properly set such that harvest period falls during the dry season or before the onset of the rainy periods with a suitable rainfall between 450-700mm. The duration from planting to harvesting, for areas with altitude of 1,000-1,700m, is 85-95 days, while for areas with altitudes of 1,500-2,200m the duration becomes 110 days. Concerning the white pea bean, it is sown from the end of June to mid-July, usually not intercropped, and harvested after three months in October.
Domestic Production:  In year 2005/06, Ethiopia’s volume of main season haricot bean production was .24 million tons, accounting for 1.8% of major crops production. The lion’s share of haricot bean production in the country (during the period 2004-06) originated mainly from three regions: Oromia (65%), SNNPR (22%) and Amhara (11%). The main season yield of Haricot Bean, for the period 1998/99-2005/06, ranged from a low of 0.62 tons per hectare to a high of 0.94 tons per hectare. During this period, Haricot Bean yield levels averaged 0.82 tons per hectare
Commercialization: Throughout different regions, namely SNNPR, Eastern Hararghe and Western Ethiopia, white pea bean is consumed usually mixed with other cereals. In eastern and western Ethiopia, it is widely intercropped with maize and sorghum to supplement farmers with additional income. They are also consumed boiled, fried, milled, or grounded in the form of soups. Crop utilization survey data for haricot bean indicated that of the total national production of haricot bean, 69.87% was utilized for household consumption, 18.75% for sale; while the balance was used for seed; wage in kind, animal feed and other uses.
 In general, earlier research estimates that, excluding the volume of grain set aside for consumption, seed and feed, 28 percent of total grain production (including oilseeds and pulses) is marketed, of which 29.8 percent is accounted by pulse crops in general. In general, the commercial grain supplies mainly come from the production of small farmers, private commercial farmers, state farmers, imports and food aid. The market participants in Haricot bean trade include producers (small holders and commercial farms), wholesalers, retailers, part-time farmer- traders, brokers, agents, assemblers, processors, cooperatives, EGTE, and consumers.
 Global Scenario: White pea bean has become an important export item in the country’s pulse exports. In 2005/06 for instance, Ethiopia exported about 62, 262 tons of haricot beans /mainly white pea beans/ valued at about 22 million USD or about 193.7 million ETB, with a unit value of export of 353 USD/mt. The value of export was destined mainly to various countries such as: Sudan, Yemen, South Africa, UAE, USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The world production of dry beans was 18.3 million tons in 2004. World export of dry beans in 2004 totaled 1.3 billion USD and the volume of export was 3 million. Concerning imports, in 2004, the volume of world import of dry beans was 2.4 million tons, valued at 1.2 billion USD.
 Prices: Based on available data of wholesale prices in Dire Dawa, Nazareth, Hosaina and Shashemene, the national average prices of haricot bean shows a rising trend during the 2004-06 period. This trend is explained by the fact that, apart from the home market consumption uses, haricot bean (especially white pea bean and red kidney bean) is highly exported to the overseas market.

Product Name: Ethiopian White Pea Beans (WPB)

Product name in short:  WPB – HPS 600 to 700 pcs / 100g

Suggested Applications: Canning industry, packing for salad, pasta, rice, stew and soup.

Packing: 50 kg Jute bags with product name, weight, production date, expiry date, origin and batch number.

Minimum Order Quantity: 3 x 24 Metric Tons, 480 bags of 50 kg in each 20 ft. food grade container.

Ethiopian beans are only loaded in 20 ft. containers due to fumigation, road transportation and loading issues.

General Description

White Pea Beans are round or oval shaped.

They are Machine Cleaned (MC) and Hand Picked Selected (HPS) on a cleaning belt with purity of 99% min, imperfect beans of 4% max and moisture content of 14% max.

Every 100 gram of Ethiopian Round White Pea Beans contain 600 to 700 pieces of beans.

The Ethiopian White Pea Bean is under the category of ―Haricot beans.

The planting period of WPB should be set such that harvesting period falls during the dry season. The production period ranges from 85 to 120 days and 90 percent of the harvest is sold for export mainly to Europe. White Pea Beans are usually not intercropped.

Local Ethiopian name of White Pea Beans: Nech Boloqe

Harvesting Season: September-October

Location of Production: Amhara Region – North & South Wollo, East & West Gojjam, West & South Shoa and South Gondar. Oromia Region – Arsi, East & West Shoa, West Hararge. Tigray Region – South Tigray. Benshangul Gumuz Region – Wetekera Pawi. South Region – Gurage.


Ethiopian White Pea Beans are usually sold as canned beans or in dry transparent packs for the end user in supermarket shelves.

Many people consider beans as vegetarian alternatives for meat. However, they are also considered part of the Vegetable Group because they are an excellent source of dietary fiber and nutrients.

Dry White Pea Beans can be cooked and stored in refrigerator for several days before adding to salads, rice, pasta, or stews as desired.

Canned White Pea Beans should be rinsed with cold water before being added to the recipes. The canned White Pea Beans will still contain a good amount of salt and flavors that are cooked into the beans.

Haricot beans are a great source of fiber, B vitamins and minerals; they also contain several important nutrients.


After being bagged in 50 kg bags, the product is fumigated to guarantee that it is absolutely free from live or dead insects. The final fumigation is carried out during stuffing in container at Djibouti port and a fumigation certificate will be provided along with the export documents.


The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) usually controls and updates the available crops and the prices of the White Pea Beans (WPB).

Storage Condition

WPB must be stored under dry, ventilated and hygienic conditions away from sunlight.

As the WPB dries out over time, it would take longer to soak and cook.

Documents provided with the Ethiopian White Pea Beans are as followed:


Packing List

Certificate of Origin

Certificate of Analysis

Full set of Bill of Lading

Any other document required should be notified in advance. It is the buyer’s responsibility to comply with regulations in their own countries and rights of third parties.