Annual Report 2011

The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, contributed greatly to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme agenda in 2011 and provided support to individual African government initiatives.

  • ESARO hosted “Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities,” an international conference on sustainable agriculture practices. The conference and background papers encouraged discussion on priority research areas and practical ways that smallholders can increase yields and improve nutrition and health in the process.

  • IFPRI researchers provided technical support to the Ethiopian government to help implement the Household Asset Building Program nationwide.

  • Researchers from ESARO provided the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a background paper on the important role information and communication technologies can play in increasing agricultural productivity and rural incomes in Africa; the material helped inform the UNDP’s 2011 African Human Development Report.

  • Increasing fertilizer use among smallholder farmers in Africa is essential to improving agricultural productivity, and, to achieve higher uptakes, fertilizer costs should be reduced. In response to demand for lower costs, IFPRI researchers and partners began work on a joint fertilizer procurement initiative for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in 2011.