It is mostly produced by smallholder farmers though there are some commercial farms that produce sesame seeds in Ethiopia. About 44 percent of sesame seed production comes from Amhara region of Ethiopia. The world production of sesame seed reached 3.3 million tons in 2004, with world exports totaling 802,063 tons worth $650 million. Recent reports show that Israel has become the top export destination for Ethiopian sesame seed, followed by China and United Arab Emirates. A 2015 study by Abadi Berhane Girmay from Axum University stated that Sesame production in most areas is carried out under traditional production systems which results in low production and productivity of the crop.
Source: News Business Ethiopia May 28, 2020 10:39 UTC