Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786992185 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992192 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia

State Policy and Smallholder Farming

Edited by Atakilte Beyene

Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia

Edited by Atakilte Beyene

Distributed for Zed Books

320 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786992185 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992192 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
For thousands of years, Ethiopia has depended on its smallholding farmers to provide the bulk of its food needs. But now, these family-owned farms are under threat from climate change, environmental degradation, and declining productivity. As a result, they have increasingly become subsistence-oriented, with many of these farmers trapped in a cycle of poverty. At the same time, mainstream development policies have marginalized smallholders, even though they may hold the key to addressing rural poverty through agricultural reform.
This collection, written by leading Ethiopian scholars, explores the scope and impact of Ethiopia’s policy reforms over the past two decades on the smallholder sector. Focusing on the Lake Tana basin in northwestern Ethiopia, an area with untapped potential for growth, the contributors show that smallholders represent a vitally overlooked component of development strategy, not only in Ethiopia but also across the global South. They argue that any effective policy will need to go beyond agriculture to consider the role of health, nutrition, and local food customs, as well as including increased safeguards for smallholders’ land rights. Together they offer a new perspective on food security and sustainability, two of the most pressing issues currently facing global development efforts.
Review Quotes
Tekeste Negash, Uppsala University (Emeritus)
“Edited by one of the field’s most seasoned researchers, this cohesive anthology is a real tour de force.”
Harald Aspen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
“Provides a detailed and case-based overview of the challenges smallholder farmers in Ethiopia face in state-led development programs and initiatives. As such it will be an important reference work.”
Magnus Jirström, Lund University
“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.”
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