On Tuesday, July 18th, ATAI convened a policy event, entitled “Advancing Food Security: Lessons from Randomized Controlled Trials” at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa. The event was part of the 2017 East African Evidence Summit and featured results from recent ATAI evaluations, focusing on financial products and services in contexts of volatility, and improved inputs and information services. This event was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with UK aid from the British people.
The full agenda can be found here, and outlined below with presentation materials.
The event opened with a keynote address from Khalid Bomba, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency
ATAI staff member Leah Bridle introduced the ATAI program and provided background for the event with an overview of ATAI evidence synthesis, “Emerging Insights,” on credit and savings and information to support smallholder farmers.
The morning panel featured:
The afternoon panel featured:
The event closed with a policy-focused panel “Looking Forward, Priorities for Agricultural Policy and Research in East Africa,” featuring
For more than six years, the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California has sought to support the development of East Africa’s impact evaluation community by offering fellowships to study at UC-Berkeley, networking opportunities, and research funding. Over the years, these efforts, implemented as part of our East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative, have helped create a diverse network of regional researchers, committed to scientific evaluation of development programs across the region. Our annual East African Evidence Summit brings this network together with regional policymakers to support partnership development and sharing of research results. This year, the Summit focused on smallholder agriculture, convening leading donors, government officials, and researchers for presentations and discussion.