Food and agriculture in Ethiopia

Food and agriculture in Ethiopia

Progress and policy challenges

Paul A. Dorosh, ed., Shahidur Rashid, ed.
2012

The perception of Ethiopia projected in the media is often one of chronic poverty and hunger, but this bleak assessment does not accurately reflect most of the country today. Ethiopia encompasses a wide variety of agroecologies and peoples. Its agriculture sector, economy, and food security status are equally complex. In fact, since 2001 the per capita income in certain rural areas has risen by more than 50 percent, and crop yields and availability have also increased. Higher investments in roads and mobile phone technology have led to improved infrastructure and thereby greater access to markets, commodities, services, and information.

In Food and Agriculture in Ethiopia: Progress and Policy Challenges, Paul Dorosh and Shahidur Rashid, along with other experts, tell the story of Ethiopia's political, economic, and agricultural transformation. The book is designed to provide empirical evidence to shed light on the complexities of agricultural and food policy in today's Ethiopia, highlight major policies and interventions of the past decade, and provide insights into building resilience to natural disasters and food crises. It examines the key issues, constraints, and opportunities that are likely to shape a food-secure future in Ethiopia, focusing on land quality, crop production, adoption of high-quality seed and fertilizer, and household income.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Paul A. Dorosh and Shahidur Rashid
Chapter 2: Ethiopia Agriculture: A dynamic Geographic Perspective
Jordan Chamberlin, and Schmidt, Emily
Chapter 3: Crop Production in Ethiopia
Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, Paul A. Dorosh and Sinafikeh Asrat Gemessa
Chapter 4: Seed, Fertilizer, and Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia
David J. Spielman, Dawit Mekkonnen Kelemework, and Dawit Alemu
Chapter 5: Policies and Performance of Ethiopian Cereal Markets
Shahidur Rashid and Asfaw Negassa
Chapter 6: Livestock Production and Marketing
Asfaw Negassa, Shahidur Rashid, Berhanu Gebremedhin, and Adam Kennedy
Chapter 7: Patterns of Foodgrain Consumption and Calorie Intake
Guush Berhane, Linden Mcbride, Kibrom Tafere Hirfroft, and Seneshaw Tamiru
Chapter 8: Implication of Accelerated Agricultural Growth for Household Incomes and Poverty in Ethiopia
Paul A. Dorosh and James Thurlow
Chapter 9: Disaster Response and Emergency Risk Management in Ethiopia
John Graham, Shahidur Rashid and Mehrab Malek
Chapter 10: Targeting Food Security Interventions in Ethiopia
Sarah Coll-Black, Daniel O. Gilligan, John F. Hoddinott, Neha Kumar, Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, and William Wiseman
Chapter 11: The Evolving Role of Agriculture in Ethiopia’s Economic Development
Paul A. Dorosh