Research and Development

Impact of Soaring Food Price in Ethiopia

Does Location Matter?

(John M. Ulimwengu, Sindu Workneh & Zelekawork Paulos)

In Ethiopia, the food inflation rates (end of period) portray a general trend of increasing food prices over the years 2004 to 2008, reaching all-time high levels in 2008. At the national level, the inflation rate steadily increased from a mere 3.4 percent in 2004 to 13.6 percent in 2006 and rose further to 34.9 percent by June 2008. According to the Ethiopian Central Statistical Agency (2008), the rise in the food inflation rate over the period of June 2007 to June 2008 was due to the rise in the prices of “cereals, pulses, meat, oils and fats, milk and eggs, vegetables and fruits, spices (especially whole pepper and chili), potatoes and other tubers and stems, other food items, and food taken away from home.” Read more

Farmers, seeds and varieties: Supporting informal seed supply in Ethiopia

Wageningen, The Netherlands, November 25, 2008 Read

Ethiopia and the climate – change or chance it

In Ethiopia, few farmers have adapted their farming methods to cope with climate change. One exception is the Wichi Integrated Wetland-Watershed Management Project, which is working with local communities to restore degraded hillsides and protect wetland areas. 09/01/09 (Read)

EU should not tolerate Ethiopia’s repression

by Lotte Leicht- February 18, 2009

The EU should have condemned one of world’s worst laws on NGOs. Instead, it gave Ethiopia €250 million.

On 30 January, European Union policymakers sent a clear signal to Ethiopia: no matter how repressive the government becomes, vast sums of aid will continue to flow. This is emerging as a case study in bad donor policy. (Read)

What The Global Financial Crisis Means for Sub-Saharan Africa

For 2009, we see major deteriorations in both the fiscal and external accounts of sub-Saharan Africa. We project deterioration in the overall fiscal balance by as much as 6 percentage points to a deficit of about 4 percent of GDP in 2009. The current account deficit for the region is projected to widen by more than 4 percent of GDP, to about 6 ¾ percent in 2009.

Speech by Mr. Takatoshi Kato, Deputy Managing Director, IMF

At the Twelfth African Union (AU) Summit , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 3, 2009 (Read)

IMF to Assist Africa Hit Hard by Global Downturn