Working Papers

Cash crops and food security: Evidence from Ethiopian smallholder coffee producers

ESSP Working Paper 95, by Tadesse Kuma, Mekdim Dereje, Kalle Hirvonen, and Bart Minten. Abstract: One of the key questions in food policy debates in the last decades has been the role of cash cropping for achieving food security in low income countries.

The rapid expansion of herbicide use in smallholder agriculture in Ethiopia: Patterns, drivers, and implications

ESSP Working Paper 94, by Seneshaw Tamru, Bart Minten, Dawit Alemu, and Fantu Bachewe. Abstract: We use qualitative and quantitative information from a number of datasets to study the adoption patterns and labor productivity impacts of herbicide use in Ethiopia.

How big are post-harvest losses in Ethiopia? Evidence from teff

ESSP Working Paper 93, by Bart Minten, Ermias Engida, and Seneshaw Tamru . Abstract: Based on a unique large-scale data set on teff production and marketing, Ethiopia’s most important cash crop, we study post-harvest losses in rural-urban value chains,

Row planting teff in Ethiopia: Impact on farm-level profitability and labor allocation

ESSP Working Paper 92, by Joachim Vandercasteelen, Mekdim Dereje, Bart Minten, and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse. Abstract: Improved technologies are increasingly promoted to farmers in sub-Saharan-African countries to address low agricultural productivity in their staple crops.