Addis Ababa: Ethiopia could increase production of its gluten-free and nutrient-rich cash crop teff, and tap into the expanding domestic and international markets, by ramping up investments in basic research; adopting new and better technologies; improving input distribution systems; and extending markets , according to a new book launched by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Addis Ababa today.
“Teff makes a considerable contribution to Ethiopians’ incomes and food security, and has potential to provide still greater benefits,”, said Bart Minten, senior researcher, IFPRI, and co-editor of the book. “Expanding markets would create opportunities for both current and new producers and suppliers.”
Co-edited by IFPRI researchers, Bart Minten, Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse and Petra Brown, the book, titled, “The Economics of Teff: Exploring Ethiopia’s Biggest Cash Crop”, examines the potential of teff to improve food security and reduce poverty; and provides recommendations on increasing production and expanding markets to benefit farmers and consumers.
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