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Potential Economic And Poverty Impact Of Improved Chickpea Technologies In Ethiopia

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  • Macharia, Ibrahim
  • Orr, Alastair
  • Simtowe, Franklin
  • Asfaw, Solomon

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This study assessed the potential economic and poverty impact of 11 improved chickpea varieties released by the national agricultural research organization of Ethiopia in collaboration with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. The economic surplus model applied estimated a total benefit of US$ 111 million for 30 years. Consumers are estimated to get 39% of the benefit and producers 61%. The benefit cost ratio was estimated at 5:1 and an internal rate of return of 55%, indicating that the investment is profitable. The generated benefit is expected to lift more than 0.7 million people (both producers and consumers) out of poverty. Thus, further investments in the chickpea and other legume research in Ethiopia is justified as a means of poverty alleviation.

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  • Macharia, Ibrahim & Orr, Alastair & Simtowe, Franklin & Asfaw, Solomon, 2012. "Potential Economic And Poverty Impact Of Improved Chickpea Technologies In Ethiopia," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 132553, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Verkaart, Simone & Munyua, Bernard G. & Mausch, Kai & Michler, Jeffrey D., 2017. "Welfare impacts of improved chickpea adoption: A pathway for rural development in Ethiopia?," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 50-61.

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    Economic impact; chickpea; improved varieties; Ethiopia; Crop Production/Industries; Food Security and Poverty; Production Economics;

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