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08 Feb 2013 description

Mengistu Dessalegn, Likimyelesh Nigussie, Wondwosen Michago, Josephine Tucker, Alan Nicol and Roger Calow

This assessment explores local water security in two very different sites in rural Ethiopia – a pastoral district in the eastern Somali region (Shinile), and a somewhat remote agricultural district in the south (Konso). The following questions were addressed using a combination of field research and analysis of available secondary data and literature:

14 Aug 2012 description

Studying chronic poverty using retrospective qualitative data (life histories) in conjunction with longitudinal panel data is now widely recognised to provide deeper and more reliable insights (Davis and Baulch, 2009). This paper uses three rounds of panel data and life histories collected by Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty, to identify factors that contribute to households becoming or remaining poor in rural Ethiopia, with related effects on the children within those households.

09 Jul 2012 description

Using panel data from the Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Program, this paper explores the degree to which this social protection programme has been successful in protecting its beneficiaries against the various shocks that have affected the Horn of Africa in the recent past. The analysis suggests that although the PSNP has managed to improve households’ food security and wellbeing, the positive effects of the programme are not robust enough to shield recipients completely against the impacts of severe shocks.

02 Apr 2011 description

3 April 2011 - Hussein Abdullahi Mahmoud and Abdirizak A. Nunow

Frequently depicted as in crisis, pastoralists are changing the way they live and work in response to new opportunities and threats revealing the resilience that pastoralists have demonstrated for millennia. Accessing new markets and innovating solutions to safeguard incomes, this often misunderstood and marginalised community is re-positioning itself to make the most of the East African economy.

04 Feb 2011 description

4 February 2011 - David Hughes

Agricultural development in Africa is hampered by a lack of investment in the physical, scientific, financial and human capacity required to transform the continent into the breadbasket of the world that it has the potential to become. Global financial and food crises have brought agriculture into even sharper focus reminding us again of the close link between poverty and food insecurity and signalling a need to reinvest (and prioritise) agriculture.

But without agricultural researchers advancements will be slow.

31 May 2010 description


More than 1 billion people are currently undernourished, mostly in the developing world (FAO, 2009a). In Africa, more than 218 million people, or around 30 per cent of the total population, are estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition (FAO, 2009b). Given current trends, governments are unlikely to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger in Africa by 2015 (MDG 1c).