Agricultural economics research process has its own vision and mission.  Its vision is to see information being generated and disseminated to users on characterization of agricultural systems, marketing and value chain analysis, technology adoption & impact, climate change and policy related thematic areas and mission is generating economic, social and technical information to help farmers improve agricultural productivity, researchers to generate appropriate technologies, inform private organizations to engage in profitable enterprises, enable governmental organizations and NGOs render the required services and policy makers to make informed policy decisions using appropriate social science methodologies.

The Agricultural Economics Research Process at HARC is provides much needed data and information on the priorities and challenges of agricultural producers in general and smallholder farmers in particular by conducting diagnostic surveys, analyzing agro ecological based farming systems and value chains for selected priority commodities, assessing the profitability and social desirability of new technologies as well as estimating the uptake and impact of widely disseminated improved agricultural technologies, and laying background information for further intervention. To achieve its objectives, the research activities are mainly drawn from six identified research projects or thematic areas put in strategic plan of the directorate.

Adoption and impact of improved agricultural technologies for research, extension and policy making decisions in Ethiopia: aims to build a deeper understanding of the level of use of improved technologies of key agricultural commodities and their impact on raising productivity and improving food security of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia using well representative samples.


Value chain analysis of strategic agricultural commodities: identifies chain actors and map their relation and functions as well as to assess the performance of the value chains of high value agricultural commodities along with challenges and opportunities.


Economics research for investment and smallholder agriculture: clarifies to policy makers, smallholder farmers, commercial producers and stakeholders the concepts and interplay of agricultural production costs, output response to inputs and the use of resources to maximize profit and/or minimize the cost and guide a successful business that can contribute to the fulfillment of the national agricultural development goals.


Exploring farming systems practices and dynamism in Ethiopia: characterizes the dynamism of the major farming systems of the country across the different agro-ecologies.


Sub-sector analysis of key agro-industrial commodities: documents the current status, challenges and future outlooks in terms of input use, production, marketing, consumption, and export for priority agro-industrial commodities.


Agro-ecology based socioeconomic studies: The objective of this project is to provide data and information that support technology development and utilization in specific areas/agro-ecologies.