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

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