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Ethiopia Map


In Ethiopia, land tenure issues, infrastructure inadequacy, limited storage capacities, market access, especially for small scale farmers, seems to represent the main country constraints together with natural disasters such as droughts and floods. An important and recurrent concern is represented by the fragmentation of many initiatives and coordination mechanisms, policies and tools to manage risks, causing an incomplete analysis and response to a given risk or crisis.

PARM is finalizing the risk assessment study, and a capacity development seminar is planned in the coming months.

Parm Phases Status

Setting Up
Risk Assessment
Policy Dialogue
Follow Up

Setting Up

Kick-off Workshop, November 2014

PARM activities kicked-off in Ethiopia in occasion of the “Policy Forum on Integrating agriculture and food risk management and innovative financial services”.

PARM jointly with AFRACA, NEPAD and FAO, co-organized a three day workshop on “Policy Forum on Integrating agriculture and food risk management and innovative financial services” that took place in Addis Ababa on 11-13 November 2014.

The three day workshop brought together national and international stakeholders directly involved on ARM such as the National Central Banks, MFIs, Insurance companies, NGOs, UN, Universities, research centres and other important national players linked to the Government of Ethiopia represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, ATA, DRMFSS and other stakeholders.

The workshop has represented the first and successful step to set-up PARM process in Ethiopia and its support to the ARM Agenda headed by the Government was positively recognized. The Forum’s objectives were well aligned with PARM’s goals:

  • the establishment of the ARM National Steering Committee
  • the identification of the main risk affecting the agriculture
    thorough a holistic approach
  • the development of the road map to ensure the integration of the new identified tools into the national policy and investment plans

The main expected outcomes from the Forum have been developed and discussed. A formal commitment to support the establishment of a National Steering Committee on ARM was obtained. The State MoA (Production/Extension) will ensure the leadership of the process, assisted by the ATA and a pool of facilitators as: AEMFI, IFAD, NEPAD, FAO and PARM Secretariat. Main objective of this pool of advisers is to set up the new National Steering Committee, collect the data available, support the identification of the gaps of the existing risk analysis and tools/policies and then fully transfer to the GoE the final policy and financial phases.

Setting-up Mission, February 2015

A setting-up mission was undertaken from 9-12 February. During the mission, a PARM Road Map and  was developed and discussed with the temporary ad hoc National Steering Committee.

Potential synergies to support PARM studies and capacity development plan were also identified during the setting-up mission in February 2015.


Risk Assessment

Development of the Terms of Reference for the Risk Assessment Study, February 2015

The Terms or Reference (TORs) for the Risk Assessment were developed and discussed with temporary ad hoc National Agricultural Risk Management (ARM) Steering Committee (NSC). Identification of Experts and/or Service Providers to carry out the risk assessment gaps study was completed.

Risk Assessment Study Kick-off, May 2015

The Natural Resources Institue (NRI) from the University of Greenwich (member of Agrinatura network) has been identified and recruited to undertake the Risk Assessment study in Ethiopia in collaboration with local experts.

Risk Assessment Workshop, 16-17 December 2015

A National Stakeholder Workshop was held from 16-17 December 2015 in Addis. The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the Draft Risk Assessment Study and identify priorities on risks and tools.

Validation of the Risk Assessment Report, October 2016

The study has been officially validated by the Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopia Agency for Rural Transformation (ATA) and will be published by the end of the year 2016.

Capacity Development Strategy, November 2016

A country mission has taken place in November in order to strengthen the partnership with the Ministry of the Extension service and to jointly develop a capacity development country action plan that will include mainstreaming ARM into Ethiopian extension services strategy and Ethiopian universities/training institutions. A Memorandum of Understanding is under development following the request of the Government of Ethiopia to continue with PARM activities.


Policy Dialogue

Development of TORs for feasibility studies, August 2016

Social protection/insurance and market price impact of humanitarian programs in Ethiopia have been identified as area of work for PARM feasibility studies. PARM is currently working with the Government of Ethiopia and ATA for the development of the terms of reference for these studies.

Meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and ATA, May 2017

Three meetings were held with ATA and MoANR separately to illustrate the PARM Capacity Development (CD) Strategy. Officers of the two Institutions confirmed the interest of Ethiopian extension service in engaging with PARM on ARM CD activities, in particular to CD2

Signature of the MoU, May 2017

This MoU has been signed by the three parties (PARM/IFAD, ATA and MoANR) on potential ARM areas of joint work such as: 1/ capacity development and mainstreaming in extension services; 2/ developing feasibility studies and possibly investment plans on a) increasing the synergies and complementarities among insurance, social protection and humanitarian assistance; b) strengthening financial services for ARM; and c) strengthening ARM information systems.


Country Risks Information

A full profile of risks is currently under development.




(Source: EM-DAT Database 1900-2015)