2014 Seminars & Workshops
1. Forum: Agricultural Price Policy in Ethiopia
EDRI, IFPRI and USAID/AGP/Agribusiness Market Development (made) project jointly organized a forum to discuss Agricultural Price Policy in Ethiopia on June 17, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa.
The forum opened discussions on issues of growth trends in cereals, supply and demand balance, price stabilization at the international and national level, and price policy and food security with gender focus. In addition, structural transformation and changes in marketing margins in cereal markets and the issues of subsidies and export bans as well as the impact of the wheat initiative program were also topics for discussion.
Policymakers, legislators, implementers and other stakeholders came together and selected papers focusing on agricultural performance, price policy formulation and implementation mainly in reference to cereals were presented.
2. Launch of the New Climate Economy Project in Ethiopia on March 6
The Ethiopian Development Research Institute and the Global Green Growth Institute in collaboration organized the launch of The New Climate Economy project in Ethiopia on March 6, 2014 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa.
As global partners to The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the two institutes conduct the project set up to help governments, business and societies make better-informed decisions in an endeavor to achieve economic prosperity and development
Ethiopia, as one of the leading African countries in the introduction of Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy, is considered as part of this international initiative
3. Seminar on Issues and Problems of the Ethiopian Private Sector: The Case of Shoe Manufacturing Companies
The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in collaboration with the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce organized the fifth seminar on Issues and Problems of the Ethiopian Private Sector: The Case of Shoe Manufacturing Companies on July 4, 2014 in Hilton Addis Hotel.
4. IDRC delegation visits EDRI
A team of IDRC delegation visited EDRI on September 2, 2014. The team comprised of the president of IDRC, Jean Lebel, IDRC Acting Chairperson, the Honorary Monte Solberg, IDRC Governor, Gordon Houlden, IDRC Vice President, Programs and Partnerships, Stephen McGurk, and IDRC Communications Specialist, Gloria Lihemo.
The IDRC delegation team was met by four members of the EDRI Management; Newai Gebre-ab:- Executive Director of EDRI, Mulu Gebreeyesus:- Senior Researcher EDRI, Mezgebe Mihretu:- Policy Analyst, Logistics, Trade and Private Sector Development and the 4th delegate was the Lead Coordinator of the Economic Policy Analysis Unit.
The purpose of the visit was to learn about the impact of IDRC support to EDRI and planned activities. The executive director of EDRI, Newai Gebre-ab made a presentation briefing the team about EDRI and how the first phase of the TTI funds have been deployed in capacitating the institute’s staff development activities and organizational infrastructure. He also presented future activities and anticipated challenges that might be recurring during the second phase.
Following the presentation, the EDRI management members gave responses to a series of questions from the delegation members who wanted to know more about EDRI’s strategies to overcome its challenges as a semi-autonomous institute.
5. Public Lecture
EDRI organized a public lecture on Farm Size and Production Efficiency in Agriculture delivered by Professor Keijiro Otsuka from Japan. The lecture was held at EDRI’s conference room on September 8, 2014 from 10:00-11:30. Professor Otsuka is a professor of Development Economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo.