The quest for fertile ground (The Africa Report)

The Africa Report published an article on the goals of Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, to increase fertilizer use and raise yields. Ethiopia has experienced tremendous growth in agricultural productivity over the past few years, but still struggles to produce fertilizer, spending millions on import costs and reducing rates of use by smallholder farmers. The article quoted senior research fellow Shahidur Rashid, who said, “it is time to produce instead of wasting money on these big transaction costs.”