Fertilizer in Ethiopia: An assessment of policies, value chain, and profitability

Fertilizer use in Ethiopia has almost quintupled since the official elimination of input subsidy programs. Application rates, however, remain far below the recommended level and, given the limited scope for area expansion, fertilizer promotion continues to be the central focus for enhancing agricultural productivity. Unlike many other developing countries, Ethiopia has moved from partial liberalization >> Read more

Grain Export Bans in Theory and in Practice

In light of the expected good maize harvest for the 2013-14 Meher season, the government of Ethiopia is considering removing a ban in the export of maize.  This note describes the likely impact of removing the export ban based on economic theory and the experience of other countries.  The impact is described in qualitative terms >> Read more

Agricultural Production in Ethiopia: Results of the 2012 ATA Baseline Survey

To support the activities of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) carried out a baseline survey in 2012. One goal of the survey was to provide background information about agricultural production, marketing, and related topics. This information will help ATA program directors make informed decisions on how to >> Read more

Recent Evidence on Input Subsidy Programs in Africa: Highlights From a Special Issue of Agricultural Economics

Input Subsidy Programs (ISPs) have made a big comeback in Africa. Introduced by donors in the early 1970s, ISPs were meant to help smallholder farmers invest in fertilizer and improved seed varieties, overcome limited access to input markets, and ultimately increase crop production. The programs were poorly managed, however, and were largely eliminated in the >> Read more