Ethiopia’s First Blend: The story of Ethiopia’s first fertilizer blending facility (Video)

"Soil is the resource base for survival," said Prof. Tekalign Mamo, State Minister, Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, and EthioSIS Program leader, in a recent video interview. Watch the video to learn about Ethiopia's first fertilizer blending facility, which was inaugurated on June 1, 2014. The facility, along with four more under construction, will play a leading >> Read more

Transforming Landscapes and Soil Health for Increased Agricultural Productivity: Experiences from Ethiopia

On November 7, 2014, Prof. Tekalign Mamo, State Minister and Minister’s Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia will give a seminar at the International Food Policy Research Institute on several soil projects underway in Ethiopia. Read the abstract for the seminar below. If you are interested in joining virtually, please see the instruction to join via GoToMeeting at >> Read more

Measuring Women’s Rights and Roles

What inequalities do women face in Ethiopia? In rural Ethiopia, people say farming is a man’s job. In reality, women play a large role in agriculture from farm to table. Take a drive through the countryside, and you will see women planting, weeding, tending to gardens, and harvesting, among other farm activities. The markets are bustling with >> Read more

Smart Money?

Many African governments subsidize fertilizer for farmers. Are the subsidies worth it?  It was called Malawi’s miracle. In 2005, in the wake of a drought and food crisis, Malawi began subsidizing fertilizer and seeds to help boost farmers’ maize yields. Just two years later, Malawi produced enough maize to meet domestic demand. Other African governments >> Read more