Great expectations from Ethiopia’s Wheat Initiative

BY GASHAW TADESSE ABATE, TANGUY BERNARD, ALAN DE BRAUW, NICHOLAS MINOT AND ELENA HILDEBRANDT

Smallholder farmers in Africa South of the Sahara often experience low yields, and efforts to increase them have sprouted throughout the continent. Yet many farmers fail to adopt modern inputs or farming techniques that would increase productivity because of several constraints, including lack of available technology, limited liquidity, high perceived risk, constrained access to information, and poorly functioning output markets.

Photo credit: J. van de Gevel/Bioversity International