The Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP) is a collaborative program undertaken by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). During Phase I (September 2004 to June 2008) ESSP conducted a varied program of economic research and provided extensive technical and analytical support towards the establishment of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). Phase II, which began in July 2008 and ended in October 2013, focused on capacity strengthening of local institutions, including the EDRI, while continuing a program of policy-relevant research and analysis. This arrangement continued into Phase III which started in November 2013 and which will end in March 2017. The next phase of the program will continue along the same vein till the end of 2019.

IFPRI’s vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition. Its mission is to provide research-based policy solutions that reduce poverty, end hunger and malnutrition, and ensure environmental sustainability. In line with IFPRI’s mandate and vision, ESSP's objective is to help improve the policy-making process in Ethiopia and to increase the capacity of Ethiopian institutions to undertake sound economic analyis that is linked to current issues as well as to improve public engagement.

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) plays a key role in identifying research topics and addressing development challenges. Through this collaboration, NAC and IFPRI/ESSP identified four key activities:

  •  Collaborative research with the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to promote poverty reduction and economic development in Ethiopia.
  • Robust knowledge-management to contribute to policy dialogue, strategic priority setting, and evidence-based policy analysis.
  • Capacity strengthening and increased knowledge dissemination within the academic and policy research community.
  • Enhancing communications and institutional linkages between policy makers, policy analysts, civil society, and other policy and research actors through joint seminars and other dissemination events.

ESSP Brochure 2017