Childhood shocks, safety nets and cognitive skills

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ESSP Working Paper 73. "Childhood shocks, safety nets and cognitive skills " by Berhane, Guush, Abay, Mehari Hiluf and Woldehanna, Tassew Abstract: A growing body of evidence emphasizes that shocks in early childhood can have irreversible effects on long-term child welfare and poverty. A number of studies have investigated the effects of shocks on child nutrition and health. However, >> Read more

Can agricultural traders be trusted?

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ESSP Working Paper 72. "Can agricultural traders be trusted? " by Assefa, Thomas Woldu and Minten, Bart Abstract: Traditional food marketing systems in developing countries are often not trusted. In consequence, policy makers frequently try to regulate them and modern market arrangements increasingly are emerging to address some of their presumed deficiencies. However, it is unclear how trustworthy these >> Read more

Who Benefits from the Rapidly Increasing Voluntary Sustainability Standards?

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ESSP Working Paper 71. "Who benefits from the rapidly increasing voluntary sustainability standards?" by Minten, Bart, Dereje, Mekdim, Engeda, Ermias, and Tamru, Seneshaw Abstract: Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) are rapidly increasing in global value chains. While consumers, mostly in developed countries, are willing to pay significant premiums for such standards, it is not well understood how effectively these >> Read more

An analysis of trends and determinants of child undernutrition in Ethiopia

A working paper has been published by the Ethiopia Strategy Support Programme (ESSP) and funded by Transform Nutrition An analysis of trends and determinants of child undernutrition in Ethiopia, 2000‐2011. This report uses two rounds of the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS) to statistically analyze patterns and trends in undernutrition (child growth) in Ethiopia over 2000 to 2011. >> Read more