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Overview of key events

  • February 2012 to April 2013: Consultant-led price incentives analyses for eight commodities : wheat, teff, sorghum, maize (published) and sesame, coffee, haricot bean, cattle (preliminary analysis).

  • May 2013: MAFAP Lessons Learned workshop held in Addis-Ababa, attended by MAFAP teams from 10 countries. Discussions were held with EDRI in view of inking a partnership between MAFAP and EDRI.

  • October 2013: Partnership between MAFAP Secretariat and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) officially launched.
  • November 2013:
    - Kick-off of the activities within EDRI with a launching event gathering all stakeholders in Ethiopia, with the presence of high officials of the government (Prime Minister Office, Ministries of Agriculture and Finance).
    - Technical workshop at EDRI premises with EDRI team, together with technical experts from national institutions and researchers.
  • November 2013 – February 2014: MAFAP expert out-posted in EDRI HQs to support the implementation of MAFAP system; both its institutionalization and the technical work with all the researchers.

Policy Analysis Partners

Policy Dialogue Partners

Commodities Analysed

  • The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)
  • National key institutions and Ministries have provided data to feed MAFAP analysis and feedback on the first results
  • The Director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, chief economic advisor of the Prime Minister


  • Coffee
  • Sesame
  • Haricot beans
  • Livestock
  • Lentils
  • Maize
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Sorghum
  • Teff

Key Findings

  • MAFAP analysis indicates that producers in Ethiopia receive lower prices compared to international prices, though the situation is generally improving.
  • These results likely arise from (1) an overvalued exchange rate; (2) inefficiencies, as weak market structures and implicit taxation, along the value chain; and (3) trade and market policies hindering exports and imports flows.

Key Resources

  • Four technical notes on price incentives/disincentives analysis in Ethiopia for Maize, Teff, Wheat and Sorghum

  • Comprehensive database with all the indicators generated with the MAFAP methodology

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