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

Bridging the Divide Between Women and Men Farmers in Ethiopia

Women make up about half of the labor force in Ethiopia. While their contributions are plentiful, women and girls face discrimination when accessing —and making decisions regarding— education, agricultural information and inputs, land, and other assets to aid food production. “If women and girls are left behind, we will never develop,” said Adugna Waggra, Deputy Director General >> Read more

Maize bumper crop triggers reassessment of Ethiopia’s cereal export ban

Eight years ago, the Government of Ethiopia placed an export ban on maize and other major cereal crops. At the time, Ethiopia’s grain prices were three times higher than those on international markets. The government saw the price hikes as a symptom of trade and not high inflation rates, among other factors. But in 2013, >> Read more