IDS Research Fellow Seife Ayele

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.

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

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Pathways to Inclusive Development through Innovation, Technology and Change is developing a framework to analyse alternative pathways that link different forms of technological innovation, and evaluate resulting structural change and inclusion outcomes in low-income countries.

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An exciting initiative to support young African scholars engage their research with policy on youth employment in Africa.

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There is much we still need to learn about the structure and process of business and the state interactions with regards to specific and general development issues. This project therefore aims to assess the state of play in research on state-business relations in developing countries, and outline a research agenda which builds on this foundation towards better understanding of the role of state-business relations in shaping development outcomes, including but also beyond economic growth.

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State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in Development

IDS 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

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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

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Innovation in Livestock Value Chains: Lessons from Fodder Adoption Case Studies in Developing Countries

Science 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

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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

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Managing Knowledge for Development: Lessons from Kenyan Modern Biotechnology Regulatory Process

The 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 Fellows

12 Sep 2016
By Jim Sumberg, Seife Ayele

Putting young African researchers at the heart of change

14 Apr 2016
By Seife Ayele, Jim Sumberg, Samir Khan

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Innovation and Value Chains.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Business and Development Centre.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Ethiopia.