Agricultural Economics Research Papers/Topics

Market Chain Analysis of Teff (Eragrostis tef): The Case of Shashamane District of Oromia National Region State, Ethiopia

Abstract: In Ethiopia, teff (Eragrostis tef) is an important cereal crop, particularly in Shashamane district as source of food and cash income for majority of the smallholder farmers. However, the supply of teff in the study area still cannot satisfy the existing market demand and also efforts to enhance smallholders’ participation in cereal market in general and teff in particular, through surplus production have been made, but there is dearth of information on the status of market parti...

Impact of Improved Teff variety (Eragrostis Teff) Adoption on Food Security in Lasta Woreda, North Wollo Zone of Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

Abstract: Food insecurity is a recurrent phenomenon in Ethiopia. To reverse this phenomena investment on variety development and dissemination of improved teff varieties to farmers have been made by regional and national agricultural research institutes. Even though efforts on disseminating improve teff varieties have been made in the area, there is no empirical evidence those varieties that brings on food security. Moreover, previous studies employ propensity score matching which could not ...

Smallholder Farmers’ Perception and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change: The Case of Jamma District of South Wollo Zone, Ethiopia

Abstract: Climate change is causing the greatest environmental, social and economic threats across the globe. Its impact has been increasing especially on agricultural activities in developing countries. It depresses crop yields through temperature increase and reductions of precipitation. Climate change mainly affected low-income countries where their adaptive capacities are perceived to be low, due to weak institutional capacity, limited engagement in environmental and adaptation issues an...

ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY OF WHEAT PRODUCTION: THE CASE OF ROBE DISTRICT, ARSI ZONE, OROMIA NATIONAL REGIONAL STATE, ETHIOPIA

Abstract: Ethiopia is known to be one of the food insecure countries in the world. One way of solving the food insecurity problem is through enhancement of efficiency in agricultural production in general and in wheat production in particular. This study was conducted with the general objective; of assessing the economic efficiency of smallholder wheat producers in the Robe District of Arsi zone, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. Both primary and secondary data sources were used for this stud...

Determinants of Cow Milk Commercialization in Yabello District, Borana Zone of Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia

Abstract: Milk is an important dairy product, particularly in Yabello district and generally in the pastoral area of Ethiopia. It is a source of food and cash income for the majority of the smallholder milk producers. Especially for poor households, transforming the subsistence-oriented production system into a market-oriented production system serves as a way to increase the smallholder farmer’s income and reduce rural poverty. This needs a deliberate improvement in smallholder commercial...

Adoption and Impact of Improved Soybean (Belessa-95) Variety among Smallholder Farmers in Bambasi Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Regional State

Abstract: The importance of agricultural technology in enhancing the welfares of farmers can be realized when yield gain from the technologies results in meaningful income gain. This xv thesis aimed at analyzing adoption and intensity of adoption of improved soybean variety and to assess economic impact of improved soybean (Bellessa-95) variety on income among farm households in Bambasi woreda. In this study a multi-stage stratified sampling technique was employed to select rural kebeles and...

RICE MARKET PERFORMANCE AND SUPPLY BY SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN GURAFERDA DISTRICT, SOUTHWESTERN ETHIOPIA

Abstract: Rice is among the most important cereals grown in different parts of Ethiopia as food crop. The country is characterized with immense potentials for growing the crop. This study was aimed at analyzing rice market performance and supply by smallholder farmers in Guraferda District, Southwestern Ethiopia. Primary and secondary data were used for the study. The data were collected from 120 rice producer farmers selected through three stage sampling technique and 35 traders selected pu...

DETERMINANTS OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’ PARTICIPATION IN NON-FARM ACTIVITIES: IN CASE OF DARO LABU DISTRICT, WEST HARARGHE ZONE, OROMIA NATIONAL REGIONAL STATE, ETHIOPIA

Abstract: This study examined the determinants of smallholder farmers’ participation in and income from non-farm activities. In case of Daro Labu district, West Hararghe zone Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia. Data for the study was collected using structured questionnaires from 160 randomly selected farm households and secondary data from different source. Determinants of smallholder farmers’ participation in non-farm activities and the income derived from non-farm activities wer...

SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’ WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR WEATHER INDEX BASED CROP INSURANCE IN MIESO, WEST HARARGHE, OROMIA NATIONAL STATE

Abstract: Weather index based insurance has been one of the recommended risk transfer mechanisms to support smallholders in coping with production risks. The objectives of this study were to identify the factors affecting farm households’ WTP for crop insurance and estimate the mean amount of farmers’ willingness to pay for the proposed insurance scheme in the study area. To do this, a multi stage simple random sampling techniques was used to select 153 sample households from three sampl...

VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS OF WHEAT (Triticum aestivum L.): THE CASE OF LANFORO DISTRICT OF SILTE ZONE, SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA

Abstract: (Two stages least square model and multivariate probit model) were used to analyze the collected data. Results confirmed that input suppliers, producers, rural assemblers, wholesalers, flour factories, retailers, primary cooperatives, bakeries, flour wholesalers, flour retailers, consumers and supportive actors were identified as wheat value chain actors in this study. The chain is governed mainly by flour factories. Eleven market channels were identified for wheat. Total gross mar...

MARKET CHAIN ANALYSIS OF TEFF: THE CASE OF MERHABETE DISTRICT, NORTH SHEWA ZONE, AMHARA NATIONAL REGIONAL STATE OF ETHIOPIA

Abstract: In Ethiopia, teff production contributes significantly to the economy in terms of cash income and food security, especially for the smallholder teff producers in rural areas. This study was aimed to analyze market chain of teff in the case of Merhabete District of Ethiopia. Cross sectional data was used for the study. A two stage sampling procedure was used to draw 150 sample producers from four teff producer kebeles and 34 sample traders were interviewed. Secondary data sources we...

ANALYSIS OF ONION MARKETING: THE CASE OF KOBO DISTRICT, NORTH WOLLO ZONE, AMHARA NATIONAL REGIONAL STATE, ETHIOPIA

Abstract: The study attempted to examine onion marketing in Kobo District of Amhara National Regional State with specific objectives of analyzing the structure-conduct-performance of onion market, the determinants of onion marketed surplus and the spatial market integration between the district market and other destination markets (Mekele, Dessie and Bahir Dar). Both primary and secondary data were used for this study. Multistage sampling procedure was employed to select sample onion produce...

RESOURCE ALLOCATION UNDER RISK: THE CASE OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN ROBE WOREDA, ARSI ZONE OF ETHIOPIA

Abstract: The present study was carried out with the objectives of understanding the existing resource allocation practice, the possibility of increasing farm income through optimal allocation of resources under risk situation, and to develop risk efficient sets of farm plans for representative households based on cross-sectional data drawn from 155 households who were selected using stratified multi-stage random sampling technique during the 2015/16 production year. The results of descripti...

ANALYSIS OF CAMEL MILK VALUE CHAIN IN DEGAHBOUR WOREDA, JARAR ZONE, SOMALI REGIONAL STATE OF ETHIOPIA

Abstract: This study was conducted with the objective of evaluating camel milk value chain in Degahbour Woreda, Jarar Zone, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. Two stage random sampling techniques were used to collect primary data from 167 camel milk producers and 31 traders using pre-tested structured questionnaire. Focus group discussions, key informants interview and personal observation were also employed to collect data. To analyze the collected data, descriptive statistics, SCP approach...

VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS OF ENSET (Enset Ventricosum): THE CASE OF CHEHA DISTRICT, GURAGE ZONE, SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA

Abstract: Cheha district in Gurage Zone of Southern Ethiopia is known for Enset farming. However, use of traditional technologies and poor linkages along the market chain were mentioned the major problems constraining the potential benefits from the sector. Therefore, this study was aimed at analyzing value chain of Enset products focusing on Kocho and Bulla. The data were collected from both primary and secondary sources. The primary data for this study were collected from 140 farmers, 38 t...


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