ESSP has an integrated set of both research and capacity strengthening initiatives to improve the policy-making process.


  • Productivity, technology adoption and agricultural transformation
  • Agricultural markets, value chains, and agroindustry
  • Food and agricultural prices
  • Risk, insurance, and investment
  • Land and water management
  • Poverty, nutrition, and safety nets (e.g. PSNP)
  • Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) impact evaluation
  • Feed the Future (FTF) Program impact evaluation
  • Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP)
  • Macro-economic analysis of Ethiopia’s new Growth and Transformation Plan 2015 – 2020
  • Agriculture and nutritional linkages
  • Urbanization and food system transformation



In collaboration with other partners, ESSP seeks to share knowledge and strengthen capacity to advance Ethiopia’s capability through many activities:

  • Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)
    •  Support to EDRI SAM/CGE analysis
    •  Support policy analysis on agricultural productivity, markets, and economic growth
  • Central Statistical Agency (CSA)
    •  Support to GIS analysis  and federal and regional GIS training
    •  Support impact evaluation of FTF and PSNP
  • Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)
    •  Support analysis of impact of agricultural extension and impact of new agricultural technologies
    • Support impact evaluation of the Agricultural Growth Program (AGP)
  • Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)
    • Support the establishment of the Ethiopian Soil Information System (EthioSIS) geo-database and survey through GIS analysis
    • Support teff research
    • Support in providing training on GIS activities
    • Technical support in predicting and developing soil nutrient status of agricultural land using field, laboratory, satellite image, and other secondary sources.
    • Support in identifying high agricultural potential woredas (districts) and nutrient-deficit areas for further soil fertility mapping and producing fertilizer recommendations for policy inputs, respectively.
  • Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
    • Technical and financial support to the Price Dynamics Hub
    • Support the annual conference


GIS training session