Progress, Challenges, and Future Options for Food Security in Ethiopia

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Global Friday Presents
Dr. Logan Cochrane
Associate Professor, College of Public Policy
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Assistant Professor, Global and International Studies
Carleton University

ABSTRACT:  Ethiopia has made significant progress preventing famine. However, food insecurity remains a challenge for the country. As recent as 2016, one in five Ethiopians relied on emergency assistance. This presentation presents research in the 2021 book Ethiopia and Food Security, which analyzes what we know about food security in Ethiopia, and how we know it, as well as what remains under-researched. The results highlight the role of issues not often associated with food security research, such as migration and debt. A participatory approach identified that research often makes invisible the purposeful and insightful choices farmers make, and therefore programs and services that would align with their priorities. In analyzing how the evidence about food security is shaped, the book highlights avenues for re-envisioning research methods, particularly as policy and services encounter politics. The presentation will conclude with options and opportunities available for strengthening food security.

SPEAKER'S BIO:  Logan Cochrane is an Associate Professor at HBKU (College of Public Policy), Assistant Professor at Carleton University (Global and International Studies) and Adjunct Professor at Hawassa University (Institute for Policy and Development Research). He has authored over 100 publications. In 2021 he co-edited the book: The Transnational Land Rush in Africa and in 2019 he edited the book Ethiopia: Social and Political Issues. Logan is an expert in the UN OSAA Knowledge Network, where he is leading activities relating to food security.

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