The Future of Ethiopia’s Agriculture: Towards a Resilient System to End Hunger and Undernutrition

This post has been updated with a meeting synopsis from the compact 2025 blog post.

IFPRI, Compact 2025, RED&FS and EDRI held a conference on “The Future of Ethiopia’s Agriculture: Towards a Resilient System to End Hunger and Undernutrition” at the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, on Friday December 15th, 2017. The conference brought together more than eighty participants, including national and international researchers, policy makers, donors and implementers to discuss the future of Ethiopia's Agriculture.

The conference was opened by Ato Dejene Abesha, from the RED&FS Secretariat and representing the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The opening was followed by words of welcome by the Director General of IFPRI, Dr. Shenggen Fan.

Two keynote addresses were delivered. The first one was by Professor Justin Lin, founder and first director of the China Center for Economic Research and former chief economist of the World Bank. He talked on "The role of agriculture in economic transformation". The second one was by Dr. Paul Dorosh, Division Director of the Development, Strategy and Governance Division of IFPRI on "The future of Ethiopia’s agriculture: Economy-wide analysis of future scenarios". This was followed by reflections on the transformation process by H.E Ato Mekonnen Mayazewal, Executive Director of EDRI.

Different studies that touched on the subject of land, agriculture, livestock, nutrition, safety nets and resilience were then presented by researchers from IFPRI, Addis Ababa University and Cornell University. Following the presentations, a panel discussion was conducted by experts from different government and non-government institutes on the subject of "Reshaping Ethiopian agriculture to end hunger and under-nutrition in Ethiopia".  Please click here to find full details of all presentations made during the conference.

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