Areas of Research

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The geographical landscape of Ethiopia is diverse, from deep river valleys and high mountain peaks, to drought prone regions and rain-fed grassy highlands. This diversity plays a leading role in Ethiopia’s agriculture story.

Research for Ethiopia’s Agriculture Policy (REAP) designed a comprehensive program to evaluate multiple agricultural sub-sectors simultaneously. The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) along with IFPRI and its development partners, selected seven areas of research. These areas are considered the highest priority, given the sweeping role each of the sub-sector plays in agriculture.

Fertile soil is the first step to harvesting nutrient-dense crops.  Source:Flickr (Treesftf)

Many of the agricultural sub-sectors rely on the success of the next to see sustainable results in the entire system. Without healthy soil, modern seeds will not grow to full potential, just as a lack of fertilizer results in lackluster crops. Without well-informed pricing policies or access to credit, most farmers cannot afford the valuable inputs that help deliver high-yielding crops.

Researchers will identify root issues in the selected research areas  to make  informed policy recommendations to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).  Presenting this assessment requires detailed information on each sector, as well as in-depth analysis to determine which interventions have worked and which have failed.  High priority is placed on ensuring linkages between the various interventions to achieve widespread success.