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Seife Ayele

Research Fellow

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.

Academic links

Google Scholar
https://goo.gl/hbTgfQ

Connections and expertise

Programmes and centres
Business and Development Centre
Geographical expertise
Ethiopia Sub Saharan Africa

Seife Ayele’s recent work

Working Paper

Inclusive Structural Change: Case Studies on Innovations in Breeding Practices in Kenya and Anti-Retroviral Therapy Service Provision in Mozambique

Published by IDS

Innovation, accompanied by structural change, is at the heart of economic growth and development. Yet there is limited evidence to understand interactions between innovation, structural change and inclusion in the context of low-income and emerging countries, or how these processes best support...

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Amrita Saha & 2 others

1 January 2018

Journal Article

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives

Published by IDS

Who are the youth and what is the problem? Are entrepreneurship and self-employment the solution? And what about youth aspirations? Such questions are addressed in this issue of the IDS Bulletin, drawing from the literature on how development research affects policy and noting that it says...

22 May 2017

Journal Article

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives

Published by IDS

Who are the youth and what is the problem? Are entrepreneurship and self-employment the solution? And what about youth aspirations? Such questions are addressed in this issue of the IDS Bulletin, drawing from the literature on how development research affects policy and noting that it says...

22 May 2017

Report

State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in Development

Published by IDS

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...

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Seife Ayele & 5 others

1 December 2016

Opinion

IDS Welcomes Matasa Fellows

This week IDS welcomed the first cohort of Matasa Fellows. The Network is an initiative by the Mastercard Foundation and IDS to develop a network of young African researchers with the skills to contribute to policy around youth employment in Africa.

12 September 2016