Building Resilience to Climate Change in Ethiopia


Start date: 1 April, 2019 End date: 31 March, 2024 Project type: Research collaboration projects in Danida priority countries (Window 1) Project code: 18-07-KU Countries: Ethiopia Thematic areas: Agricultural production, Climate change, Lead institution: University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark Partner institutions: Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Ethiopia Project website: go to website (the site might be inactive) Project coordinator: Finn Tarp Total grant: 11,077,028 DKK

Project summary

This project is a collaborative research project between the Development Economics Research Group and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute. It will compare and evaluate the drivers of resilience to climate change examining actions taken at the household and village/district level. Moreover, the project will analyse the effects of large-scale interventions, including the Productive Safety Net Programme and the Sustainable Land Management Project.

The overall aim is to assist policy-makers in Ethiopia to identify resilience-promoting strategies that work the best. The novelty of the research lies in its ability to compare and assess different approaches to achieving climate change resilience in a consistent, and evidence-based framework. The three long-term objectives are to: 1) increase existing academic knowledge, 2) enhance local human and institutional capacity to analyse resilience, and 3) improve policies that lead to better living conditions for millions of farmers exposed to climate change.

Methodologically, the project approach is data-driven and uses both descriptive analysis and econometric techniques. We rely on existing nationally representative datasets and our own follow up survey specifically designed to identifying the drivers of resilience. The project has five work packages: 1) identifying resilient households, villages, or districts; 2) implementation of focused survey with a resilience-oriented sampling frame; 3) investigating the effects of local innovative actions on resilience, 4) studying the effects of participation in a productive social safety net (PSNP), and 5) analysing the role of sustainable land management projects.

Capacity building will include two PHD students from the economics department at Addis Ababa University (AAU) who will be enrolled and given supervision from both members of EDRI and DERG. They will also be offered extended research stays in Copenhagen.


First-year report:
(i) Academic research: One paper accepted for publication, and a further three to be submitted before end-2020. Two papers to be published as working papers in second half of 2020. Data collection for the new data set to commence in late 2020, conditional on the COVID-19 pandemic.

(ii) Capacity building efforts: enrollment of two PhD-students at Addis Ababa University; one completed internship at PSI by a UCPH student; two joint research workshops. Research visits to UCPH were postponed due to COVID-19. A workshop in Addis Ababa in May also postponed (is now scheduled as a virtual conference in early September 2020).

(iii) Outreach: a webpage established on the UCPH-DERG website, including a blog featuring updates about project progress. A further foundation also established by contacts with the Ministry of Agriculture, and other stakeholders involved in climate change resilience building in Ethiopia.

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