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Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia


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State Policies and Questions of Agrarian Transformation - Atakilte Beyene 1. Agricultural Input Supply and Output Marketing Systems - Fentahun Tesafa 2. Agricultural Investment Alternatives and the Smallholder Farming Sector - Kassa Teshager Alemu 3. Large-Scale Canal Irrigation Management by Smallholder Farmers - Atakilte Beyene 4. Determinants of Climate-resilient Agricultural Practices among Smallholder Farmers - Nigussie Abadi and Girmay Tesfay 5. Sociocultural Dimensions of Food: The Case of Teff - Gedef Abawa 6. The Impact of Malaria Epidemics on Agricultural Production in Dembia and Fogera, 1950-2000 - Fantahun Ayele 7. Women Farmers' Land Rights in the Context of Constraining Cultural Norms - Mulunesh Abebe Alebachew 8. Rural Transformation through Robust Land Rights - Daniel Ambaye Concluding Remarks - Atakilte Beyene

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An examination of Ethiopia's agriculture system, and the vitally overlooked importance of this component of development strategy for health and food security in the wider region.

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Atakilte Beyene is a senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute. His work has involved extensive field studies in Ethiopia and Tanzania, and he has previously held positions at Stockholm University, the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Ethiopia's Tigray Development Association. His other works include the edited collection Biofuels, Land Grabbing and Food Security in Africa (Zed 2011).


Atakilte Beyene's collection draws on the analytical perspectives of seven exceptionally well-grounded Ethiopian rural development specialists. A book with valuable lessons for the rest of the African continent and smallholder rural areas globally. * Deborah Fahy Bryceson, University of Edinburgh *
Provides a detailed and case-based overview of the challenges smallholder farmers in Ethiopia face in state-led development programmes and initiatives. As such it will be an important reference work. * Harald Aspen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology *
This timely volume contributes insightful perspectives on the current development of Ethiopia's smallholder sector, and shows how smallholders still remain under prioritized in the country's drive to transform agriculture and the economy at large. * Magnus Jirstroem, Lund University *
Edited by one of the field's most seasoned researchers, this cohesive anthology is a real tour de force. * Tekeste Negash, Uppsala University (Emeritus) *

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