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  • Training

    A training Titled “Micro Econometric Techniques and Applications” was organized by Ethiopian Strategy Support Program (ESSP–/IFPRI) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) and the Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA). The training was a half day two week event that started on 17th -28, June 2013 at the Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA) Building on CMC Street near Michael Church. The training targeted young researchers and academics in economics. The total numbers of participants were 34. Out of this numeral, 5 were females.
  • Terms of Reference (TORs) for Country Profiling and Needs Assessment in Support of Private Sector Capacity Development: ACBF/EDRI Project

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  • Seminar

    A seminar titled “Land Constraints and Agricultural Intensification in Ethiopia: A Village Level Analysis of Higher Potential Areas” organized by ESSP–II/IFPRI in collaboration with EDRI on 19th June 2013 at EDRI Conference Hall.
    The seminar was presented by Mekdim Dereje and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse (ESSP/IFPRI), Derek Headey (IFPRI) and Jacob Ricker-Gilbert. The total numbers of participants were 15.
    Out of this figure, 2 were female participants.
  • Seminar

    Ethiopia Strategy Support Program II invites all interested to a research seminar
    On
    “Cows, Missing Milk Markets, and Nutrition in Rural Ethiopia”
    By
    Derek Headey, John Hoddinott and Mekdim Dereje

    International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

    DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    TIME: 10:00 AM (tea/coffee will be served staring at 9:30 am)
    VENUE: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
    ROOM: Small Auditorium
  • Public Lecture

    The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD) and Addis Ababa University (AAU), invites all interested parties to attend Public Lectures on Rethinking Development Economics and Public Policy at 02:00pm at the Eshetu Chole building, Collage of Business and Economics, Addis Ababa University.
    We look forward to your participation.

    Invitation to Public Lecture Download
  • Seminars:

    A half day workshop titled “Sustainable Land and Watershed Management Interventions and Impact” will be organized by ESSP –II and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with EDRI on 10th May 2013 at Hilton Hotel, Harrar Grill.
  • Seminars:

    A seminar titled “Using Evidence in Unraveling Food Supply Chains in Ethiopia: The Supply Chain of Teff from Major Production Areas to Addis Ababa” will be organized by ESSP –II IFPRI in collaboration with EDRI on 8th May 2013 at EDRI Conference Hall. The seminar will be presented by Bart Minten (IFPRI).
  • Seminars:

    A seminar titled “Evaluating the Impact of Soil and Water Conservation Investments in the Blue Nile Basin” by Emily Schmidt (IFPRI) organized by ESSP II in collaboration with EDRI on 2nd May 2013 at EDRI conference room. The total numbers of participants were 13.
  • Seminars:

    A seminar titled “Women’s participation in agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia” by Thomas Woldu (IFPRI/ESSP II) organized by ESSP II in collaboration with EDRI on 12th April 2013 at AAU. The total numbers of participants were 22. Out of this number 4 were female participants.
  • Seminars:

    A seminar titled “Adaptation to land constraints: Is Africa different?” by Derek Headey (IFPRI) and Thom Jayne, Michigan State University organized by ESSP II in collaboration with EDRI on 5th April 2013 at AAU. The total numbers of participants were 37. Out of this number 7 were female participants.
  • Seminars:

    Derek Headey (IFPRI) and Thom Jayne, Michigan State University will be presenting a seminar titled “Adaptation to land constraints: Is Africa different?” that will be held on 5th April 2013 at AAU. The seminar is organized by ESSP-II in collaboration with EDRI, EEPFE and AAU.
  • Trainings:

    A training organized by ESSP-II in collaboration with EDRI on “Introduction to Mendeley” was conducted for EDRI researchers on 27th March 2013 at EDRI training room. The training was provided by IFPRI/ESSP-II staff, Indra Lamoot. In the training 11 trainees participated.
  • Seminars:

    A seminar titled “Ethiopia’s Value Chains on the Move: The Case of Teff ” by Bart Minten (IFPRI/ESSP), Seneshaw Tamru (EDRI/ESSP), Ermias Engeda (EDRI/ESSP) and Tadesse Kuma (EDRI) organized by ESSP II in collaboration with EDRI on 19th March 2013 at EDRI Conference Hall at 11:00AM. The total numbers of participants were 30. Out of this number 6 were females.
  • Seminar

    Ethiopia Strategy Support Program ll and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute invite all interested to a research seminar on

    “Ethiopia’s Value Chains on the Move: The Case of Teff”

    • Bart Minten, IFPRI/ESSP
    • Seneshaw Tamiru, EDRI/ESSP
    • Ermias Engida, EDRI/ESSP
    • Tadesse Kuma, EDRI

    Date: Tuesday, March 19,2013
    Time: 11:00 AM
    Venue: Ethiopian Development Research Institute
    Room: Conference Room

    Abstract

    We study the value chain of teff, Ethiopia’s most important crop, area and value-wise. Based on large-scale primary surveys, we find significant changes in the last decade. First, there is increasing adoption of modern inputs (chemical fertilizer, improved varieties, and herbicides) by farmers, especially by those living close to urban centers. Second, quality demands are rising and there are important shifts from the cheap red varieties to the more expensive white ones. Third, we see an increasing willingness-to-pay for convenience in urban areas, as illustrated by the emergence of one-stop retail shops - that provide sales, cleaning, milling, and transport services - as well as by a sizable foodservice industry. Fourth, the share of rural-urban marketing, urban distribution, and milling margins in final retail prices is declining, indicating improved marketing efficiency over time.

  • Call for Papers

    The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are pleased to invite researchers to submit papers on the broad topic of inclusive growth on the broad theme of inclusive growth in Africa. Accepted papers will be presented in an Expert Group Meeting to be held in Addis. The date will be announced soon. A modest honorarium will be offered for selected papers. Topics may include:
    • Challenges of achieving inclusive growth in Ethiopia
    • Understanding income inequality in Ethiopia
    • Social protection: impact and lessons
    • Tackling intergenerational poverty
    • Infrastructure investment for inclusion
    • The role of private sector in promoting inclusive growth in Ethiopia
    • Other topics relevant to the broad theme of inclusive growth in Ethiopia
    We look forward to your participation. EDRI and Development Research Department/AfDB Please channel your communications in response to this call for papers to:
    ABEBE, SHIMELES a.shimeles@afdb.org
    March 8, 2013
  • Training

    A training organized by IFPRI/ESSP-II on “Introduction to Mendeley” was conducted for ESSP-II researchers on 13th February 2013 at ESARO building meeting room. The training was provided by IFPRI/ESSP-II staff, Indra Lamoot.
  • Workshops

    A Workshop titled “China and Africa Economic Cooperation” organized by ESSP II in collaboration with EDRI on 21st January 2013 at Ghion Hotel. The total numbers of participants were 47
  • Seminars

    A seminar titled “The Formation of Job Referral Networks Evidence from a Field Experiment in Urban Ethiopia” by A. Stefano Caria and Ibrahim Worku organized by ESSP II in collaboration with EDRI on 6th December 2012 at EDRI Conference Hall at 12:30pm. The total numbers of participants were 12. Out of this number 3 were females.
  • Seminars:

    A seminar titled “Assessing the demand for improved seed in Ethiopia: Data, analysis, and policy alternatives” by David J. Spielman and Dawit K. Mekonnen organized by ESSP II in collaboration with EDRI on 11th January 2013 at IlRI Campus at 02:30pm. The total numbers of participants were 17. A seminar titled “Informality and Macroeconomic Fluctuations: a Small Open Economy New Keynesian DSGE model with dual Labour markets” by Sisay Regassa organized by the Department of Economics in collaboration with the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) and the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP II) on 4th January 2013 at AAU from 12:00-1:30pm. 25 participants attended the seminar.
  • Participation in Conferences

    Two EDRI research staff participated in an event organized by the World Bank Country Office to discuss and launch “Ethiopia Economic Update” and “Survey Report on Chinese FDI in Ethiopia” on December 13th, 2012 at Sheraton Hotel. The aim was to inform policy discourse and dialogue in the country.
  • Capacity Building Efforts

    • EDRI and EEPFE organized training on environmental and resource economics for five days from December 24th -28th, 2012 at Ethiopia Hotel, Addis Ababa. The objective is to build capacity of civil servants on environmental and resource economics with the objective of increasing awareness about the role of environmental economics in resource and environmental management and poverty reduction. There were 13 participants drawn from Addis Ababa and Regional Environmental Protection Authority and various Ministries. Of the total participants, 4 were female.

    • EDRI in collaboration with ESSP II will organized a training course on Game Theory and Industrial Organization starting from December 3rd – 7th, 2012 at EDRI Conference Hall. The objective of the course is to equip young researchers, postgraduate students and university faculty with this frontline research methodology for teaching and research purposes in the sphere of microeconomics. The course is designed and overseen by Prof. Stefan Dercon of the University of Oxford, Dr. Bart Minten Program Leader of ESSP-II/IFPRI and Dr. Alemayehu Seyoum, Senior Research Fellow at ESSP II/IFPRI. The trainers are Antonio Stefano Caria from the University of Oxford, U.K and Mrs. Hansa Teklay from EDRI.
  • Seminars

    The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) organized a seminar on the theme, Rapid Growth of Industries in Developing Countries: Lessons from Bangladesh on 11th, December 2012 from 9:00 to 10:00 in Radisson Hotel. The presenter was Prof. Tetsushi Sonobe of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan
  • EDRI and ESSP will have a workshop on “China and Africa Economic Cooperation” by a study tour group from China on January 21st, 2013 at Ghion Hotel.
  • Trainings:

    An Introduction to GIS training is being conducting for three days, from 4-6 December 2012 at ILRI Campus. The trainers are from CSA and ESSP-II GIS teams and is being attended by 19 people.
  • Participation in Workshops

    Mezgebe Mihretu and Alebel Bayrau participated in a workshop titled “Saving and Economic Growth” in Mekelle from November 16th – 17th, 2012. The workshop was organized by Public Financial Enterprises Agency.

    EDRI and AACCSA organized a training workshop on Stock Taking of Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Factory Level. The workshop was held on November 14th, 2012 at Desalegn Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    Getachew Yoseph participated in a training workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) , organized by the Think-Tank Imitative/International Development Research Centre starting from November 12th – 14th, 2012 in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Visitors

    Florian Schaefer, a PhD student in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His research focuses on commercialization and entrepreneurship in Ethiopian agriculture.

    EDRI is hosting three MSc students from Jimma University, Business & Economics College for two months Internship staring from the month of July 2012.

    EDRI PhD candidates, Alemu Tulu (Lund University), Tsegay GebreKidan (University of Sussex), Tigabu Degu (University of Bonn) and Mahtemab Tadesse (Lund University) are back to Ethiopia for the summer and work on their research.

    EDRI is hosting Mr. Robert Poppe, Mannheim University, Germany, to conduct further research towards the completion of his PhD thesis.
  • Presentations made by EDRI Staff

    • Two EDRI research staff presented their papers on a conference organized by EDRI and ESSP II on “Improved evidence towards better food and agricultural policies in Ethiopia” at Addis Ababa Hilton on November 2nd, 2012.

    - Cereal price dynamics (Tadesse Kuma), and
    - Price formation in urban food retail: Evidence from Addis Ababa (Girum Abebe)
  • Training

    EDRI in collaboration with ESSP II organized a training course on Game Theory and Industrial Organization starting from December 3rd – 7th, 2012 at EDRI Conference Hall. The objective of the course was to equip young researchers, postgraduate students and university faculty with this frontline research methodology for teaching and research purposes in the sphere of microeconomics. The course was designed and overseen by Prof. Stefan Dercon of the University of Oxford, Dr. Bart Minten Program Leader of ESSP-II/IFPRI and Dr. Alemayehu Seyoum, Senior Research Fellow at ESSP II/IFPRI. The trainers were Antonio Stefano Caria from the University of Oxford, U.K and Mrs. Hansa Teklay from EDRI.
  • Surveys Underway

    - The Development of the Cut-flower Industry in Ethiopia
    - Enterprise Mapping Survey, Learning to Compete
    - Piloting an Internship Program for Young Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia
    - Improving Institutions for Pro-poor Growth
    - Gathering Energy Data and Information on Ethiopian Households in Urban and Rural Areas as well as the Industrial Sector
  • Consultancy works being outsourced by EDRI

    - Inflation Threshold Analysis
    - Value Chain Analysis for Selected Import Goods
    - The Prospect for Introducing Mechanical Threshing Technology in Smallholder Agriculture: The Case of Ethiopia
    - Human Resources Management, Staff Turnover, and Incentives in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS)
    - Monitoring and Evaluation: ACBF/EDRI Project
  • Conference and book launch

    A one day Conference on “Improved evidence towards better food and agricultural policies in Ethiopia“ organized by ESSP –II IFPRI in collaboration with EDRIwas held on 2nd November 2012, in the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa. A book, titled “Food and Agriculture in Ethiopia: Progress and Challenges” was also launched. The conference was attended by 190 participants. Bethlehem Koru, Emily Schmidt, Fanaye Tadesse, Fantu Nisrane, Bart Minten, Alemayehu Seyoum, Guush Berhane, Mekdim Dereje and Dereke Headey (IFPRI/ESSP), Tadesse Kuma and GirumAbebe (EDRI), presented papers on different issues. The presented papers in power points can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/essp2/presentations
  • Survey

    A Teff Value Chain study was launched by ESSP-II in collaboration with EDRI starting on 2nd November 2012 at various teff production areas in Amhara and Oromiya regions.
  • Seminars

    A half day research seminar titled ”Can Social Protection work in Africa? The Impact of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme “ was organized by ESSP –II IFPRI in collaboration with EDRI on 16th November 2012, in the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa. The seminar was presented by John Hoddinott, of IFPRI
  • Training

    A training was conducted by IFPRI and EIAR on CAPI for three days from 6th – 8th November 2012 at EIAR. This training was provided by Todd Benson and Samson Dejene of IFPRI. The total numbers of participants from EDRI were around 6.
  • Seminars:

    A research seminar on”Economic Activity and Violence: Evidence from the Philippines, Iraq and Afghanistan” was held on Thursday 8th November 2012 at EDRI conference room. The presenter was Eli Berman from University of California, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. The total numbers of participants were 10. Out of it 3 were females.

    ESSP II and EDRI organized a seminar titled “The Last Mile(s) in Modern Input Distribution in Ethiopia” at EDRI Conference Hall on October 9th, 2012. Bart Minten and Bethlehem Koru from IFPRI/ESSP presented the seminar. The total numbers of participants were 21. Out of it 6 were females.

    ESSP II and EDRI hosted a seminar titled “Networks and Manufacturing Firms in Africa: Initial Results from a Randomized Experiment” at EDRI Conference Hall on October 5th, 2012. The presenter was Simon Quinn from University of Oxford, Centre for the Study of African Economics. The total numbers of participants were 16. Out of it 4 were females.
  • Participation in Conferences

    Dr. Alebel Bayrau participated in “a regional conference on capacity development for integrating disaster risk reduction in urban settings in Africa”, organized by Ministry of Agriculture on October 11th, 2012 at Sheraton Addis.

    Mrs. Hansa Teklay attended a workshop on “expanding agricultural finance” on October 4th, 2012 at Raddisson Blu Addis Ababa. The workshop was organized by USAID.
  • Meetings
    The Technical Advisory Committee of the EDRI/ACBF Project held its meeting at EDRI on October 3rd, 2012.
  • Conference

    A one day Conference on “Improved evidence towards better food and agricultural policies in Ethiopia“ was organized by ESSP –II IFPRI in collaboration with EDRI on 2nd November 2012, in the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa. A book, titled “Food and Agriculture in Ethiopia: Progress and Challenges” was launched. The book pieces together and builds on research works undertaken by ESSP-II and EDRI in the past several years and provides a synthesis of the progress made to-date and outstanding policy issues. Beyond a synthesis of the book and more recent works of EDRI and ESSP-II, a panel discussion session was slotted to reflect on future evidence needs for better food and agricultural policies in Ethiopia.
  • Hanna Ketselamaryam participated in the M&E training workshop organized by the ACBF in Zanzibar, 17-21 September 2012.
  • Getachew Yoseph and Mezgebe Mihretu were at IFPRI headquarters, Washington D.C. 7-16 September 2012, to share management experiences with IFPRI and attend a training program in project management at the Performance Institute based in Washington
  • Training

    Training on Stock Taking of Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Factory Level, in collaboration with AACCSA that will be held on November 14, 2012 at Desalegn Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 35 Factory Managers are expected to participate in this training.
  • Meeting
    The 10th Ministerial Steering Committee Meeting, September 17, 2012 at EDRI Conference Hall
  • Tewodros Tebekew, Researcher at Macro and Trade Policy Department, attended an M&E training workshop organized by ASARECA. The workshop was held at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi Kenya from August 27-31, 2012.
  • Dr. Abebe Damtie, Researcher at EEPFE, participated on the Ethiopian Pastoral Research and Development Network (EPRDN) National Consultative Meeting which was held from August 20-21, 2012
  • Dr. Alebel Bayrau and Dr. Girum Abebe participated in the 28th International Conference of Agricultural Economists in Brazil from August 18-24, 2012
  • Eyob Woldeselassie, IT Manager at EDRI, was sponsored by ESSP II to receive a 40-day training in Microsoft (introduction to active directory, network infrastructure, and exchange server) and A+ software and hardware maintenance in the months of June, July and August 2012.
  • EDRI organized a seminar, titled “Innovation Performance and Embeddeness in Networks: Evidence from the Ethiopian Footwear Cluster” on 14th August 2012 at EDRI Conference Hall. The presenter was Mulu Gebreeysus, Researcher, UNU- MERIT, The Netherlands.
  • Visitors and Meetings

    Dr. John Okidi and Dr. Paul Okwi of the TTI/IDRC visited EDRI on November 20th, 2012. The purpose was to assess the overall progress of EDRI since effectiveness of grant agreement, year 3 performance and new developments at IDRC.

    The Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFPRI), Dr. Shenggen Fan visited EDRI on November 19th, 2012. During his visit, Dr. Fan met with H.E. Ato Newai Gebre-ab. The meeting discussed the work of the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program and explored new areas of cooperation.

    EDRI research team met with Dr. Kim Nam Yll and Dr. Woo Jin Chung from KEEI, Korea on November 13th, 2012 at EDRI Board Room. In this meeting, KEEI confirmed to EDRI the successful completion of the research project “Energy Policies and Plans of Ethiopia and Opportunities for Cooperation between Ethiopia and South Korea”. EDRI at the same time reported the status of the research project titled “Gathering Energy Data and Information on Ethiopian Households in Urban and Rural Areas as well as the Industrial Sector”.
  • Networking

    Prof. Kjetil Tronvoll and Mr. Goitom Gebreleul from International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI), Norway visited EDRI on December 4th, 2012 to explore the possibilities of collaboration on future research projects. It was agreed to forge MoU for future engagements.
  • Dr. Bart Minten, Dr. Alemayehu Seyoum and Ermias Engida (IFPRI-ESSP II) and Dr. Girum Abebe and Dr. Alebel Bayrau (EDRI) traveled to Brazil to participate in the International Conference of Agricultural Economists”, that was held from 18th – 24th August 2012 in Brazil. The Conference was organized by the ICAE. Ermias Engida, IFPRI-ESSP II was expected to make a presentation.

  • Workshop on the study titled, Who Learns from Success? Social Learning in Ethiopian Agriculture

  • Enterprise Mapping Survey: Learning to Compete, EDRI in collaboration with The Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.