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Hello, world. I am Kibrom T. Sibhatu.

I am an Agricultural, Food, and Rural Development Economist with great interest in the dynamic linkages of human welfare with ecosystem services in response to real global challenges, including deforestation, poverty, food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition, and climate change. My research experience encompasses projects in the Global South, where I researched the link between farm-level agricultural biodiversity and quality of diets in smallholder households. I typically use field survey and applied econometrics in my work. My research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLoS ONE, Food Policy, Agricultural Water Management, and Food Security.


This year’s World Development Report is out and focuses on the value of data and how to use data to improve the livelihoods of the poor.

Key messages of the report:

- Global data flow has increased one thousand times over the last 20 years, but little is yet done to leverage it to the lives of the poor.

- Collecting and using data for a single purpose without making it available to others for reuse is a waste of resources.

The cost of failure is a world of missed opportunities and greater inequities. …

In this video clip, Philippe Schuler at Too Good To Go uses a modified version of the famous Monopoly game to demonstrate how much energy is needed to produce a single banana.

It is mindblowing.

Here I summarize the key activities — based on the Too Good To Go’s clip — that consume a huge amount of energy (in the form of fuel, electricity, and human labor) to produce a single banana — that grows only in the hot and humid tropics.

  • A single fruit of banana requires about nine months to mature. Before and during the nine months of…

I read two books in March: “ The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley and “ A World Without Email” by Cal Newport. In this short article, I list the most important lessons that I have learned from reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Malcolm X’s Autobiography is arguably one of the most influential books I have read in my life. The impact of this book will stay with me for life.

Mr. Alex Haley, what a writer! He has produced an excellent piece of literature and history in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. …

ለበዳ ኮቪድ-19 ክሳብ ሕጂ (ሚጽዝያ 2 2021) ልዕሊ 130 ሚልዮን ሰባት ለኺፉ ኣሎ። ካብ እቶም ዝተለኽፉ 2.9 ሚልዮን ሰባት ሞይቶም ኣለዉ። ኣብ ኤርትራ እንተ ርኢና ክኣ፡ ክሳብ እዚ ጽሑፍ እዚ ዝጸሓፍ፡ 3334 ሰባት ክልከፉ እንከለዉ፡ ዓሰርተ ሰባት ከኣ ሞይቶም ኣለዉ።

ኣህጉር ኣፍሪቃ ብብዝሒን ጻዕቂን ህዝባ (1.3 ቢልዮን ህዝቢ ወይ 18% ናይ ዓለምና ህዝቢ) ንኤስያ ስዒባ ካልአይቲ ትስራዕ። እዚ ድሕረ ባይታት እና ሃለወ ግን፡ ኣብ ኣህጉር ኣፍሪቃ 4.4 ሚልዮን ሰባት ጥራይ እዮም ዛጊት ተለኺፎም ከምዘልዉ ወግዓዉያን ጸብጸባት ዝሕብሩ። ብጠቕላላ 3.3% ማለት እዩ። ነዚ ትሑት መልከፍቲ ክልተ ቀንዲ ምኽንያታት ከምዘለዉዎ መጽናዕትታት ይሕብሩ። ሓደ፡ ሃገራት ኣፍሪቃ ብሰንኪ ንዋታዉን ሰብኣዉን ሕጽረት፡ እኹልን ብቑዕን መርመራን…

This month (March 2021), I read “ How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need” by Bill Gates. In this short article, I provide a short review of Mr. Gate’s new book.

Climate change is a serious issue of concern to every one of us. In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” mister Gates attempts to explain why and how climate change happens. He describes the main economic/livelihood sectors (five activities that emissions come from: making things, plugging in, growing things, getting around, and keeping cool and warm) releasing a massive amount of…

I just finished reading ‘The Courage to be Disliked’ by Kishimi & Koga. The book discusses some thought-provoking philosophical/psychological theories of Alfred Adler — arguably the most influential 20th-century psychologist. Relying on the Principles of Classical Adlerian Psychology (teleology), it attempts to provide different perspectives and solutions to the increasing mental health problems in modern society (mainly in the younger generations). It aims to debunk the dominant Freudian theory (etiology) that the human personality is very stiff for change because it is rooted in past traumas.

Are you really stuck because of your past traumatic experiences? Or are you using…

ንሓደ ሰብ ምስ ካልእ ወዲ-ሰብ ብሰላምን ስኒትን ሓቢሩ ክነብር ዝገብሮ’ኮ ወዲ-ሰብ ብምኻኑ’ዩ። ነፍሲ-ወከፍ ሰብ ቅድሚ ሃገራዊ፡ ቢሄራዊ፡ ሃይማኖታዊ ወይ ኣዉራጃዊ ምዃኑ፣ ቅድመ-ቀዳድም ወዲ-ሰብ ምዃኑ ክርድኦን ክኣምንን ኣለዎ። ሓደ ወዲ-ሰብ፡ እዚ እንተደኣ ተገንዚቡ፣ ፍልልይ ሃይማኖት፡ ብሄር፡ ቋንቋ፡ ኣዉራጃ፡ ወዘተ ብዘየገድስ ምስ ዝኾነ ካልእ ሰብ ተኸባቢሩን ብሰላምን ክነብር ኣይእገምን።

ሃይማኖት፡ ብሄር፡ ቋንቋ፡ ኣዉራጃ፡ ወዘተ’ኮ ንወዲ-ሰብ ከገልግሉ ዝተፈጥሩ’ዮም። ደቂ-ሰብ ብምዃንና ጥራይ ክንከባበርን ክንጸዋወርን እንተዘይ ክኢልና፣ ሓደ ሃይማኖት፡ ሃገር፡ ፖለቲካዊ ፓርቲ፡ ቋንቋ፡ ብሄር ወይ ኣዉራጃ ስለ ዘሎና፣ ሓቢርና ብፍቕርን ስኒትን ክንነብር ንኽእል’ና ኢልካ ምሕሳብ ድንቁርና እዩ።

ሰለዚ፡ ሰላም ዝሰፈናን ዲሞክራሲያዊትን ሃገረ ኤርትራ ክንሃንጽ እንተድኣ ኾይንና፡ መጀመርያ ደቂ-ሰባት ምዃንና ክንግንዘብ የድልየና። ኣነ ጓል-ሰብ ምዃንኪ እንተ ተቐቢለክን ኣክቢረክን፡ ንስኺ’ዉን ኣነ ወዲ-ሰብ ብምዃነይ እንተተቀቢልክንን ኣኽቢርክንን፣ ብፍቕርን ስኒትን ሓቢርና ክንነንብር ናይ ሓባር ሃይማኖት፡ ኣዉራጃ ወይ ብሄር ምህላዉ ኣገዳስነት የብሉን።

ሓደ-ሓደ ግዜ ሂወት ኣዝያ ትኸብድን ትመርርን። ካብ መጠን ንላዕሊ ብምኽባዳን ብምምራራን ድማ ምፍጣርና ንጸልእ። ሕጂ ሂወት ከቢዳትና ክትህሉ ትኽእል‘ያ። ንኣብነት፣-

  • ምስ ሓዉና ወይ መቕርብና ተቐራሒንና፥ ንሓርቕ
  • ፈታዊና ወይ ኣማኒና ጠሊሙና፥ ንቕንዞ
  • ብፍላጥ ወይ ብዘይ ፍላጥ ብዝፈጸምናዮ ጌጋታት፥ ንጠዓስ
  • ዕጫ ነባሪ ሕማም ወይ ስንክልና በጺሑና፥ ንሳቐ
  • ዉላድና ዝከኣለና ጌርናሉ ክንስና፡ ናይ ዘይለባማት መንገዲ ብምምርሑ፥ ነስቆንቁን
  • ብሰንኪ ናይ ወለድና ድሕረ ባይታ፡ ኣብ ዘይጥጡሕ ሂወት ብምህላዉና፥ ነማርር
  • ቅኑዕ መሲልና ብዝመረጽናዮ መንገዲ ኣብ ዘይንደልዮ ቦታን ግዜን ሰለዝበጻሕና፥ ንቓዝን
  • ብሰንኪ ናይ ገንዘብ ሕጽረት፡ ካብ ንፈትዎም ወለድና ወይ ዉሉድና ተፈላሊና፥ ኢሕ ንብል
  • ባህጊ ዉላድ እንከለና ግን ብዝተፋላለየ ምኽንያት ምቕናዕ ኣብዩና፥ ንበሳጮ
  • ካብ ናትና ዝዉሕድ ምድላዋትን ጻዕርን…

Kibrom T. Sibhatu

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