The Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE), based in the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) organized a one day workshop on “Adaptation to Increase Resilience to Climate Change in Ethiopian Agriculture” on November 7, 2014 at Capital Hotel and Spa, Addis Ababa.
The project leader and a researcher at the Environment for Development, Dr. Alemu Mekonnen opened the workshop by briefly explaining the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia and introducing the workshop program.
The workshop that aimed at gathering inputs from participants, commenced with opening remarks from H.E Newai Gebre-ab, Executive Director of EDRI, H.E Sileshi Getahun, Minister of Agriculture and Mr Mark Redwood, Program Leader, Climate Change and Water, IDRC.
Dr Gunnar Köhlin, director of the Environment for Development, EfD Ethiopia in his opening remarks emphasized that the initiative works on developing research generated by local capacity.
Following Dr. Alemu’s presentation of the summary of the project, Dr. Hailemariam Teklewold, and Dr. Haileselassie Medhin, both researchers at the EfD, gave presentations on Analysis of Adoption and Impact of Adaptation Technologies and on Experiment to Examine Approaches to Deliver Information to Farmers respectively.
The afternoon session started with a presentation of the research results on adoption and impact of multiple sustainable intensification practices by Dr. Hailemariam, and another on best land and water management practices in Ethiopia by Dr. Tena Alamirew, Deputy Director of Water and Land Resource Center.
Each presentation was accompanied by comments and questions from participants who had rich experience and deep knowledge on the focus of the research project.
Participants were finally asked to break into three groups to discuss different aspects of the project. Group 1: On adoption and impact of soil and water management technologies
Group 2: On approaches to deliver information on best soil and water management technologies to stakeholders, mainly farmers.
Group 3: On ways to communicate research results to influence policy making
Feedbacks from participants emphasized the need to work within existing structural frameworks and aligning products with national efforts to maximize the impact of any initiative.
Mr. Redwood in his final remarks stressed on the importance of such workshops in enriching research outputs. He pointed to project members to think about what distinguishes the current project from other climate change related agricultural projects.
The project is sponsored by the International Development Research Institute, IDRC Canada whose Program Leader, Mr. Redwood indicated that the Institute will continue to support development projects in Ethiopia.