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2014-09-15

New Climate Economy Report launch in Ethiopia

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major new international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. The Commission’s work is being conducted by a global partnership of leading research institutes including the host of the EfD Center in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, as well as the Global Green Growth Institute.

2014-06-24

A Project Proposal in which two EfD Senior Research Fellows are Involved Wins Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Research Grant

A research project proposal entitled ‘Digitization and the Scope for Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia’, submitted to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs) in which EfD Senior Research Fellow Zenebe Gebreegziabher and EfD Senior Research Fellow Alemu Mekonnen are involved wins about US$ 500,000 grant.

2014-04-28

Is it the Climate or the Weather?

As part of the academic research seminar series being held at Addis Ababa University, in collaboration with the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE), a research seminar entitled “Is it the Climate or the Weather?” was conducted at the Eshetu Chole hall of Addis Ababa University on April 24, 2014.

2014-01-17

EEPFE Research Fellow Presents a Paper on Water, Climate Change, and Health

EEPFE Director and senior research fellow, Dr. Alemu Mekonnen presents a paper entitled, “Ethiopia Climate Strategy and a relevant research agenda” at the workshop on Water, Climate Change, and Health organized by Duke University (USA) with support from Addis Ababa University, the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on January 16, 2014 at ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2013-10-31

Ethiopia - The Emerging Power Hub

Ethiopia is becoming the emerging power hub in East Africa in hope of meeting its growing energy requirements and exporting its surplus to the region. Currently the country is using only about 3% of the total power capacity. This documentary reviews the status of the two major hydropower dam construction activities taking place in the country: the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile and the Gibe III on the Omo River. Senior Research Fellow of EEPFE, Dr. Zenebe Gebreegziabher, was among the interviewed in this program which was aired several times on the national TV in Ethiopia.

2012-11-07

Presenting Ethiopia’s Green Growth Strategy

Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) Research fellow Dr. Abebe Damte presented the Ethiopian Green Growth Strategy at the International Conference on “Sustainable Development, Social Welfare, and Structural Transformation: Does Green Economy Offer New Perspectives?” which was held in Dakar, Senegal from Nov 5-6, 2012. The conference aimed at assessing if the Green Economy offers new perspectives in the efforts targeting sustainable development in Africa.

2012-10-29

Mintewab Bezabih received award for best paper on gender

The paper "The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gender Gaps in Productivity in Rural Ethiopia" written by EfD research fellow Mintewab Bezabih, EfD Associate Stein T. Holden and Andrea Mannberg, was given the "Uma Lele’s Award to Best Contributed Paper on Gender" at the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).

2012-07-13

Ethiopia: Weather Uncertainity, Climate Change, and Adaptation

A half-day workshop was organized by the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia on July 9, 2012 to discuss recent findings on Climate Change and Agriculture in Ethiopia. The workshop brought together over thirty researchers, academicians, project developers and implementers from over 20 governmental and non-governmental organizations.

2012-03-02

The first Energy Workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Research on energy demand in developing countries is important for many reasons. The existing widespread use of solid energy sources (e.g. fuelwood, dung, charcoal, coal, leaves, twigs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the developing world in general, has a number of environmental implications. Deforestation, disturbance in watersheds, indoor air pollution and loss of biodiversity are some to mention. On the other hand, climbing the “energy ladder” has implications for greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, understanding the pattern of household energy demand and its implications on the environment is crucial to formulate appropriate energy policies that affect household welfare, local environment and climate change.

2012-03-02

Adaptation to Climate Change Workshop held in Gothenburg

Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan African countries. In this regard, adaptation mechanisms to climate change play a paramount role in reducing the impact on agricultural productivity and food security. With this motivation, the EfD-EEU in Gothenburg, hosted a first collaborative research workshop on the theme “adaptation to climate change in African agriculture” in Gothenburg, Sweden, February 9-10, 2012.

2012-02-24

The first Energy Workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Research on energy demand in developing countries is important for many reasons. The existing widespread use of solid energy sources (e.g. fuelwood, dung, charcoal, coal, leaves, twigs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the developing world in general, has a number of environmental implications. Deforestation, disturbance in watersheds, indoor air pollution and loss of biodiversity are some to mention. On the other hand, climbing the “energy ladder” has implications for greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, understanding the pattern of household energy demand and its implications on the environment is crucial to formulate appropriate energy policies that affect household welfare, local environment and climate change.

2012-01-27

Climate Change hits Africa the hardest – what can be done?

Ethiopia risking average income cut of 30 percent The impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity may reduce the Ethiopian average income by as much as 30 percent within the next 50 years. This and other EfD findings on how climate change is hitting Africa, and in particular Ethiopia, were presented to 60 workshop participants from government, NGOs and multilateral organizations assembled in Addis Abeba. Strategies for adaptation, mitigation and a stronger position in international climate negotiations were discussed.

2011-12-15

Aiming High, Going Green

Ethiopia launches its strategy for Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) on 18 November 2011. EEPFE center director and senior researcher, Dr. Alemu Mekonnen, was part of the technical committee that worked on the strategy as representative from our host institution, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI).

2011-11-21

Findings on sustainable agricultural practices presented at EEPFE

Research seminar fifth on the ''Interdependence in farmer technology adoption decisions in smallholder systems: Joint estimation of investments in sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs) in Rural Tanzania'' was presented by Dr. Menale Kassie in Addis Ababa University on November 14, 2011.

2011-10-20

First Climate Change and Development for Africa (CCDA-I) Conference

This conference, held between October 17-19, 2011 at the UNECA in Addis Ababa, had the theme ‘Development First: Addressing Climate Change in Africa’. It aimed at strengthening Africa’s position and participation in international climate change negotiations with a view to ensuring adequate reflection of the continent’s concerns and priorities in a post-2012 international climate change regime. EEPFE participated in the conference and exhibition.

2011-08-29

EfD researchers attended UNU-WIDER/AERC Climate Change Training

After pursuing an online course for three weeks, Dr. Zenebe Gebreegziabher and Abebe Damte from EfD Ethiopia, attended a five-days training on Climate Change Science and Modeling of Biophysical Impacts, arranged by UNU-WIDER and AERC at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

2011-07-29

EfD workshop on impact of climate change in Africa

Over 60 representatives from various governmental and non-governmental organizations participated in this informative Climate Change Workshop organized together by EEPFE and EDRI on July 20. Ethiopian news media like the daily-published English newspaper the Ethiopian Herald reported on the workshop.

2011-04-15

Forest Tenure Impact Evaluation Workshop at World Bank completed

The Environment for Development initiative arranged a Forest Tenure Impact Evaluation Workshop on April 21, in connection to the World Bank’s annual conference on land and poverty in Washington D.C. on April 18-20. Recent developments in forest management institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania were reviewed during this workshop, and a potential impact evaluation program for forest tenure reform in East Africa was discussed. The workshop was held on Thursday April 21 and was open for all conference participants.

2010-12-09

EfD Ethiopia co-organized African Regional Dialogue on forests, governance and climate change

Women’s participation in decision making and strong land tenure rights and governance are essential if REDD+ and other climate change mitigation and adaptation measures are to achieve climate goals and provide local benefits. This was a key message from over 80 delegates at the Africa Regional Dialogue, which was organized by EfD Ethiopia together with Rights and Resources Initiative as a pre-event to the seventh African Development Forum.

2010-10-22

Policy Day to Precede 4th EfD Annual Meeting

A day-long ‘Policy Day’ will precede the Fourth Environment for Development (EfD) Annual Meeting. The event, which will be hosted by Environmental Economics Policy Forum in Ethiopia (EEPFE) at Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA), will take place at UNECA Africa Hall in Addis Ababa on 28 October 2010.

2009-11-02

Climate change lecture leading to the Copenhagen Summit

A public lecture on climate change given by Professor Thomas Sterner, organized by EfD in Ethiopia, has been attended by His Excellency Dr Aberra Deressa, State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD) and Chairman of the National Climate Change Forum of Ethiopia on the 2nd November 2009. The lecture was attended by 45 members from federal and regional governmental offices, non-governmental organizations, donors and embassies.