This policy paper will assess the prospects and constraints for shifting the yield frontier in grain production. The paper reviews briefly recent government experiences of the PADETES intensification programme, and its achievements in terms of improving crop yields, farm income and poverty reduction. The socio-economic conditions of small farmers and the policy and institutional environments under which the programme has been implemented will also be reviewed to identify the conditions under which agriculture-led growth can succeed in Ethiopia.
Paper prepared for the Future Agricultures Consortium Meeting at the Institute of Development Studies 20-22 March 2006. 26 pp.