Seife Ayele - Research Fellow
Business, Markets and the State
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Seife is a development economist with over 20 years’ experience in research, teaching and development practice. His work focuses on agricultural innovations and development, technology access and adoption, biotech crops regulation, and enterprise development. He is currently a fellow in the Business, Markets and the State cluster at the Institute of Development Studies.
Prior to joining the Institute, he directed programmes in Ethiopia providing access to and adoption of improved agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers. He has also held a Research Scientist position at the International Livestock Research Institute, in Nairobi; and a Research Fellow position at the Open University, UK. He has led and conducted significant research in Africa and Asia, and has extensively published in the areas of agricultural innovations and technology adoption, biotech crops regulation and enterprise development.
His external roles have included membership of steering committees for international research and contribution to policy consultation processes. He is a member/associate member of networks and professional societies, including the Innogen Institute of University of Edinburgh and the Open University, UK.
State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in DevelopmentIDS Evidence Report 215 (2016)
The signatories of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have called on a wide range of businesses ‘to apply their creativity and innovation’ to address sustainable development challenges. Yet the role of business in contributing to development depends profoundly on its interaction with the state. This paper asks how states and businesses interact in different contexts to shape development outcomes. More details
Enhancing Innovation in Livestock Value Chains through Networks: Lessons from Fodder Innovation Case Studies in Developing Countries
This chapter is taken from the book 'Innovation for Inclusive Value Chain Development: Successes and Challenges'. The chapter analyses the strategies and results of programs hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to improve farmers’ welfare in Ethiopia, Syria, and Vietnam by integrating fodder production into their livestock systems. More details
Innovation in Livestock Value Chains: Lessons from Fodder Adoption Case Studies in Developing CountriesScience and Public Policy 39.3 (2012)
This paper discusses how fodder technologies and knowledge have been introduced and integrated in diverse livestock production systems in Ethiopia, Syria and Vietnam. More details
Farmers’ Use of Improved Agricultural Inputs and Practices: Review and Synthesis of Research in Ethiopia
This paper reviews and synthesises the findings of seven recent graduate theses researched in Ethiopia, and aims to identify underlying factors influencing the use of improved agricultural inputs among farmers. More details
Managing Knowledge for Development: Lessons from Kenyan Modern Biotechnology Regulatory ProcessThe Journal of Science Policy and Governance 2.1 (2010)
This paper shows how challenges linked to modern biotechnology - related knowledge management - contribute to the slow pace of biotechnology development in a developing country context More details
IDS Welcomes Matasa Fellows12 Sep 2016
By Jim Sumberg, Seife Ayele
Putting young African researchers at the heart of change14 Apr 2016
By Seife Ayele, Jim Sumberg, Samir Khan