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

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

Building a Green and Resilient Economy in Ethiopia

Cross-posted from the IFPRI 2020 conference website. By: Marcia MacNeil “For us, anticipating, adapting to, and recovering from shocks are essential to our future.”  With those words, H. E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, highlighted the importance of resilience for his country.

From Bust to Boom: Debating Input Subsidies in Africa South of the Sahara

Cross-posted from the International Food Policy Research Institute Reemerging input subsidy program (ISPs) have sparked a highly contentious debate in Africa. ISPs are government programs that provide items such as seed and fertilizer to farmers at a steep discount. Ten years ago, few countries in Africa had subsidy programs; now, African governments spend an estimated >> Read more