Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Institutions
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
Research countries
  • Ethiopia
Research topic
Aspirations, Agricultural Innovations, and Food Security
Professional experience

-Research Officer, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI);

-Consultant, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA);

-Junior Economist, Ethiopia Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

Degrees

MSc, BA, Economics, Addis Ababa University

Funding institutions

European Union (project)

Research affiliation

Department of Economic and Technological Change, Center for Development Research (ZEF b), University of Bonn

Thesis title

Aspirations, adoption of agricultural innovations, and household food and nutrition security: Case of Ethiopia

Thesis abstract

Previous studies have widely established the root causes of poverty and food insecurity in rural Ethiopia, and have offered several policy recommendations. One of the major policy recommendations has been investing in agricultural science and technology that would promote agricultural innovations, productivity and efficiency of smallholder agriculture. Success of the policy however would depend, among others, on farmer’s behavior or systems of belief in his/her ability to change their economic situation by putting more effort and adopting improved agricultural technologies. In fact, a recent study in rural Ethiopia finds low aspirations correlated with low investments for future oriented activities. In this context, this research examines the interaction of systems of belief and their determinants in the adoption of agricultural innovations. Specifically, the research empirically investigates: the role of social networks in determining individual aspirations; the links between individual aspirations and adoption of agricultural innovations; and, finds comprehensive evidence on the effect of aspirations on poverty persistence and household food and nutrition security in rural Ethiopia. The research also assesses correlation of individual aspirations and their risk preferences.

Doctoral research funded by

FOODSECURE project, a broader project of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2011 under Grant Agreement n° 290693 FOODSECURE and being co-implemented by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of University of Bonn, Germany.

Cooperation partners

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Supervisors of
doctoral work

-Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun (ZEF)

-Dr. Alemayehu Seyoum Tafesse (IFPRI)

Advisor at ZEF

Dr Nicolas Gerber

2016

Mekonnen, D.A. and N. Gerber. 2016. The effect of aspirations on agricultural innovations in rural Ethiopia. Further Information
Mekonnen, D.A. and N. Gerber. 2016. Aspirations and income, food security and subjective well-being in rural Ethiopia. Further Information
Mekonnen, D.A., N. Gerber and J. Matz. 2016. Social networks, agricultural innovations, and farm productivity in Ethiopia. Further Information

2014

Pieters, H., N. Gerber and D. Mekonnen. 2014. Country typology on the basis of FNS. A typology of countries based on FNS outcomes and their agricultural, economic, political, innovation and infrastructure national profiles. Further Information

2013

Asenso-Okyere, K., D. A. Mekonnen and E. Zerfu. 2013. Determinants of Food Security in Selected Agro-pastoral Communities of Somali and Oromia Regions, Ethiopia. Journal of Food Science and Engineering , 3: 453-471. Download [PDF]
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2012

Asenso-Okyere, K. and D.A. Mekonnen. 2012. The Importance of ICTs in the Provision of Information for Improving Agricultural Productivity and Rural Incomes in Africa. Background paper for Africa Human Development Report 2012. Working Paper 2012-015. UNDP. Download [PDF | 391.05KB]
Further Information
Davis, K., E. Nkonya, E. Kato, D.A. Mekonnen, M. Odendo, R. Miiro and J. Nkuba. 2012. Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in East Africa. World Development, Vol. 40, No. 2: 402–413. Further Information
Minot, Nicholas and D.A. Mekonnen. 2012. Role of agricultural cooperatives and storage in rural Ethiopia: Results of two surveys. Further Information

2011

Asenso-Okyere, K., C. Aragon, P. Thangata, K. Andam, D.A. Mekonnen. 2011. Understanding the Interaction between Farm Labor Productivity, and Health and Nutrition. A Survey of the Evidence.. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, Vol. 3(3): 80-90. Further Information

2010

Asenso-Okyere, K., C. Aragon, P. Thangata, K. Andam, D.A. Mekonnen. 2010. HIV and AIDS and Farm Labor Productivity: A Review of Recent Evidence. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, Vol. 2(12): 406-415. Further Information
Davis, K., B. Swanson, D. Amudavi, D.A. Mekonnen, A. Flohrs, B. Walkinshaw, J. Riese, C. Lamb, E. Zerfu. 2010. In-Depth Assessment of the Public Agricultural Extension System of Ethiopia and Recommendations for Improvement. IFPRI Discussion Paper, 1041. Further Information
Davis, K., E. Nkonya, E. Kato, D.A. Mekonnen, M. Odendo, R. Miiro and J. Nkuba. 2010. Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in East Africa. IFPRI Discussion Paper, 0992. Further Information
Nwuke, K., A. Gauci, E. Woldemariam, S. Mussie, T. Belai, D. Ayalew. 2010. Assessing Progress in Africa towards the Millennium Development Goals, 2010. In: UNECA, AU, AfDB, UNDP. (eds.): Assessing Progress in Africa towards the Millennium Development Goals, 2010. http://www.uneca.org/publications/mdg-report-2010. 1-103. Further Information

2009

Mutangadura, G., A. Gauci, E. Woldemariam, D. Ayalew and B. Egu. 2009. Mainstreaming Health Equity in the Development Agenda of African Countries, 2008. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Further Information
Nwuke, K., G. Mutangadura, A. Gauci, O. Diallo, E. Woldemariam, S. Abdallah, B. E. Bedasso, D. A. Mekonnen. 2009. Assessing Progress in Africa towards the Millennium Development Goals, 2008. In: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (eds.): Assessing Progress in Africa towards the Millennium Development Goals, 2008. http://www.uneca.org/publications/mdg-report-2008. 1-30. Further Information

2006

Mekonnen, Daniel Ayalew. 2006. Determinants of the Nutrition and Health Status of Children in Rural Ethiopia: A Longitudinal Analysis. M.Sc. Thesis at Addis Ababa University. Further Information

Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen

Junior Researcher

E-Mail:
danielaym2000(at)yahoo.com

Phone:
+49-228-73-1896

Department:
ZEF b