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Agricultural activities have been and remain key for sustained growth and pro-poor development in Ethiopia. However, the sector under utilizes its irrigation capacities as well as its abundant human resources. This particular PEP project aimed at measuring the impact of public investment in small-scale irrigation and training for farmers on growth and agriculture-led development, on food security, and on poverty in Ethiopia - in line with the current five year development strategy of the government. A team of local researchers used a dynamic PEP-standard type of CGE model to capture the outcomes of public investment shocks. The simulation results show that the Ethiopian government policy strategy regarding agriculture sector development has a great potential for reducing poverty and food insecurity, and that investing in training and irrigation contributes to the effort towards achieving the MDGs. Find out more about the researchers’ results and ensuing policy recommendations through their PEP paper:

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