Ethiopia’s 2015 drought: No reason for a famine

Ethiopia is currently experiencing its worst drought in over 30 years. Net cereal production from the main (2015/16 meher season) harvest currently underway may fall by 10-20 percent (1.9 to 3.7 million tons) relative to the 2014/15 harvest (December 2015 preliminary estimates based on woreda-level yield data). Households in regions hit particularly hard, including the eastern highlands >> Read more

What can soil do for you?

In honor of World Soil Day 2015, Shahid Rashid, IFPRI Senior Research Fellow, shares some interesting facts in a new video about soil and why caring for it is essential for survival. “All living organisms on the planet depend on soil for their survival…yet, we know very little about soil health," says Rashid. “Degraded soil cannot produce >> Read more

The State of Wheat in Ethiopia (infographic)

Wheat farmers are growing and harvesting more wheat than ever before, yet every year, the Ethiopian government spends millions of dollars to import wheat. Can local farmers meet the growing demand for the grain? What factors are limiting farmers from selling more wheat? Researchers took a look at the supply chain (from the farmers to the >> Read more

The Right Stuff

Ethiopian farmers have long relied on just two kinds of fertilizer to boost nutrients in their depleted soils. Now, they are finally getting more choices. You wouldn’t use the same ingredients to bake bread as you would to make soup. The ingredients vary depending on your recipe. It’s no different for soil. Different crops grown >> Read more