The use of modern agricultural inputs is considered the key to raising crop productivity and overall agricultural production in Ethiopia. The government places high priority on making modern agricultural inputs, particularly fertilizer and improved seed, more available to farmers. This reports describes the patterns of use of agricultural inputs by farmers in Ethiopia. It is based on the 2012 Baseline Survey carried out by the International Food Policy Research Institute for the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). The ATA Baseline Survey includes a household survey, a community survey, and a cooperative survey. This report is based on the results of the household survey. The household survey used a stratified random sample of 3,000 farm households in the four main regions of Ethiopia: Tigray, Amhara, Oromiya, and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s (SNNP) region. The households are dispersed across 100 woredas and 200 kebeles. In order to gather more in-depth information on the 83 woredas initially identified as the ATA zone, these woredas are oversampled. In other words, 67 of the 83 ATA woredas were selected to be included in the sample. The household questionnaire was 23 pages long and covered a wide range of topics related to agricultural production and marketing and rural livelihoods in general.
Minot, N. and B. Sawyer. "Input use in Ethiopia: Results of the 2012 ATA Baseline Survey," REAP/IFPRI Report No. 2, April 2013.