Alumni

Dr. Wondimagegn Tesfaye

Thesis:
Essays on the Impacts of Climate-Smart Agricultural Innovations on Household Welfare

Year: 2019

Promotor(s):
Théophile Azomahou and Nyasha Tirivayi

Abstract:

Rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa face several microeconomic challenges including food crisis encompassing malnutrition, poverty, and food insecurity. Additionally, these households are often at the front lines of climate variability and extremes, which expose them to environmental and economic risks. In a disconcerting paradox, these particularly vulnerable households are mostly excluded from credit and insurance markets, while simultaneously disconnected from output markets. This research investigates the decisions agricultural households make in land and crop management, crop portfolio choices and postharvest storage to cope with the risks they encounter and improve their livelihood. Principally, it provides empirical evidence about the impacts of three climate-smart land and crop management innovations: conservation agriculture, crop diversification, and crop storage technologies on household welfare and risk coping using survey and historical weather data from Ethiopia and Uganda. The findings make important contributions to the literature and provide relevant policy recommendations that could assist rural households on their path to development.



Selected publications by Wondimagegn Tesfaye


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn, Garrick Blalock & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2021, `Climate-Smart Innovations and Rural Poverty in Ethiopia: Exploring Impacts and Pathways, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 103, More information
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2019, `Crop diversity, household welfare and consumption smoothing under risk: Evidence from rural Uganda, World Development, 125, More information
Haile, Kaleab, Nyasha Tirivayi & Wondimagegn Tesfaye, 2019, `Farmers’ willingness to accept payments for ecosystem services on agricultural land: The case of climate-smart agroforestry in Ethiopia, Ecosystem Services, 39, More information
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2018, `The Impacts of Postharvest Storage Innovations on Food Security and Welfare in Ethiopia, Food Policy, 75, More information
Tirivayi, Nyasha, Louise Nennen, Wondimagegn Tesfaye & Qiang Ma, 2018, `The benefits of collective action: Exploring the role of forest producer organizations in social protection, Forest Policy and Economics, 90, More information
Gebremariam, Gebrelibanos & Wondimagegn Tesfaye, 2018, `The heterogeneous effect of shocks on agricultural innovations adoption: Microeconometric evidence from rural Ethiopia, Food Policy, 74
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Lemma Seifu, 2016, `Climate change perception and choice of adaptation strategies: Empirical evidence from smallholder farmers in east Ethiopia, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 8


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2016, The effect of improved storage innovations on food security and welfare in Ethiopia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-063


Research reports
Tirivayi, Nyasha, Prosper Matondi, Sonila Tomini, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sheila Chikulo & Claudia van den Berg Morelli, 2016, Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, Commissioned by CARE International and DFID in Zimbabwe, More information


Theses
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn, 2019, Essays on the Impacts of Climate-Smart Agricultural Innovations on Household Welfare, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University


Briefs
Tirivayi, Nyasha, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sonila Tomini, Cristy Mclennan, David Rinnert & Mira Gratier, 2016, Emergency Cash-First Response to Drought-Affected Communities in the Southern Provinces of Zimbabwe – Impact Evaluation Findings , Brief is based on the evaluation report titled Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, More information

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