IFPRI has been associated with the collection and analysis of ERHS data since the survey’s first round in 1989, when data on consumption, assets, and income were critical to understanding the household-level response to food insecurity during civil conflict.
Ethiopia is one of the poorest, most populous, and largest countries in Africa that has suffered challenging conditions over the past several decades. Since the 1980s, IFPRI has been collaborating with the Government of Ethiopia to address famine and food insecurity. In 2004, working closely with the government, IFPRI established the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program, with generous funding from the United States Agency for International Development and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, to provide direct support to the Government of Ethiopia in the development and implementation of its national agricultural development strategy. This partnership has generated a steady stream of high-quality research outputs while increasing human capital in EDRI and other local organizations. In addition, IFPRI’s research contributed substantially to Ethiopia’s agenda-setting for agricultural development. Ethiopia has suffered no recurrence of major famine, and sustained growth in the agricultural sector in the 1990s and 2000s contributed to the country’s overall economic development.
In 2004, the Ethiopian government made developing a clear and comprehensive national nutrition strategy a top priority, and the Ministry of Agriculture approached IFPRI and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for research and technical support
In Ethiopia in 2009, IFPRI researchers saw the promise in an innovative index-based weather insurance plan—which automatically delivered payments to farmers when the local rainfall index fell below a certain level, thereby avoiding any costly estimation of potential yield losses.
In 2012, IFPRI was commissioned to evaluate the maize export ban in Tanzania.
IFPRI leads a project that was launched in 2011, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and that provides policy research, capacity building, and policy communications support to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).
In Ethiopia, as in many countries, development strategies face design, implementation, and monitoring challenges. In 2004, IFPRI launched the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program—in partnership with the government of Ethiopia and regional partners—to cultivate country specific solutions.