Seneshaw Tamru

Seneshaw Tamru is Country Economist at IGC-Ethiopia. He holds a PhD in Economics from KU Leuven. He specializes in Development Economics. In the past, he has worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Ethiopian Policy Studies Institute (PSI). Seneshaw has over 15 years of research experience on the Ethiopian economy. His research interests include development economics, agricultural value chains, markets and price analysis, applied micro-econometrics, and CGE based macro-economics.

Content by Seneshaw Tamru
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Inflation in Ethiopia: Supply-side drivers

    This brief explores several dimensions of supply-side drivers of food inflation in Ethiopia. Given the persistence of food inflation in macroeconomic analysis, managing inflationary expectations through effective communication of the country’s macroeconomic policy stance and its adjustments is critical. On the supply side, marketable surplus of grain has not kept...

    31 Aug 2022 | Seneshaw Tamru, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Kathie Krumm, Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, Christopher Adam

  • Blog post

    Impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on Ethiopia

    The conflict in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions against Russia triggered price increases of key commodities with far reaching impacts on welfare, production, and economic growth for developing countries, including Ethiopia. Economic sanctions were imposed on Russia by the US and EU to deter Russia from further escalating the war with Ukraine. The ongoing conflict has...

    8 Aug 2022 | Seneshaw Tamru, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

  • Publication - Project Report

    Synthesis on the impact of ICT sector on growth and employment in Ethiopia

    28 Jul 2022 | Getachew Abegaz, Seneshaw Tamru

  • Blog post

    Climate information services to enhance agricultural resilience: Evidence from Ethiopia

    Access to climate information services can improve agricultural productivity and farmers' resilience in Ethiopia. Panel data estimates reveal access to existing weather and climate services boosts maize and wheat productivity by about 27% and 17%, respectively, comparable to or higher than the conventional yield-increasing production technologies such as fertiliser and...

    9 Jun 2022 | Seneshaw Tamru, Bart Minten, Bethelhem Koru Aga

  • Blog post

    The gender imbalances in Ethiopia’s dairy value chains

    Traditional gender roles that often inhibit women’s agency and access to resources also have the ability to affect their roles in employment. We study the gendered division of labour in dairy value chains in Ethiopia to examine the activities that women are involved in and how involvement differs across farms. Our results show that as dairy farms increase in size and gain...

    24 Mar 2022 | Bart Minten, Seneshaw Tamru

  • Blog post

    Prospects for rural jobs in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia’s burgeoning rural population are in need of off-farm employment which the heavily agriculture-reliant economy will struggle to provide. As available land becomes less accessible, rural youth need alternative sources of income to support themselves. To answer this, we surveyed households in Ethiopia on the types of income sources currently available and what...

    24 Jan 2022 | Fantu Nisrane Bachewe, Seneshaw Tamru, Bethelhem Koru Aga

  • Publication - Project Report

    The impact of COVID-19 on Amhara National Regional State’s economy (Final report)

    7 Jun 2021 | Getachew Abegaz, Seneshaw Tamru, Tilahun Emiru

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of COVID-19 on Amhara National Regional State’s economy

    Since the first COVID-19 case in the Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) was detected on March 27, 2020, it has been feared that the virus would seriously damage the region’s economy. This study examines the impact of the pandemic on tourism and hotels, remittances, and government finance. It then conducts macro-level growth accounting and Social Accounting...

    7 Jun 2021 | Getachew Abegaz, Seneshaw Tamru, Tilahun Emiru

  • Blog post

    Pass-through shocks and income: The impact of COVID-19 on remittances in Ethiopia

    Following COVID-19 induced global restrictions on the movement of people and activities, the Ethiopian economy, particularly the external sector, has faced significant challenges. COVID-19 related global disruptions have considerably affected tourism, exports, imports, and remittances to the country. The Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social...

    10 Jul 2020 | Seneshaw Tamru, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

  • Blog post

    Projecting the impact of COVID-19 on exports in Ethiopia

    Agriculture exports will likely be the hardest hit, impacting poor rural livelihoods most. Domestic demand needs to be stimulated and protected. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa, home to more than 110 million people and one of the fastest growing economies. Growth averaged more than 10% annually over the past decade and a half, leading to substantial...

    24 Jun 2020 | Seneshaw Tamru, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

  • Blog post

    Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on vegetable value chains in Ethiopia

    Measures to contain COVID-19 are expected to have significant effects on food value chains—but with important differences between commodities. Horticultural products are expected to be especially vulnerable because of their seasonal labour requirements and high perishability. In a recent survey, Seneshaw Tamru, Kalle Hirvonen, and Bart Minten tried to assess immediate...

    14 May 2020 | Seneshaw Tamru, Kalle Kalle Hirvonen, Bart Minten