Agricultural Economics Research Papers/Topics

Analysis of Honey Market Chain: The Case of Chena Woreda, Kaffa Zone, Southern Ethiopia

Abstract: This study was initiated to identify honey marketing channels, actors and their roles; to analyze the structure, conduct and performance of honey markets; to identify factors affecting volume of honey marketed and producers’ market outlets choices in Chena woreda of Kaffa zone, Southern Ethiopia. Data from a total of 154 sample honey producers from three randomly selected honey producing kebeles, 30 traders and 20 consumers were collected and analyzed. SCP model for structure con...

Chickpea Market Chain Analysis in Gondar ZuriaWoreda of North Gondar Zone, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia

Abstract: The agricultural sector greatly influences economic performance in Ethiopia. About 11.7 million smallholder households account for approximately 95 percent of agricultural GDP and 85 percent of employment. This study was initiated to analyze chickpea market chains in Gondar Zuria Woreda, North Gondar Zone, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia. The objectives of the study were to identify key chickpea market chain actors and their roles;to analyze structure, conduct and performa...

Economic Analysis of Postharvest Losses along the Supply Chain of Potato in Kombolcha Woreda, Eastern Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia

Abstract: Vegetable postharvest losses are high in Africa and it has been estimated at about 50% of the total production. This implies that half of the total production is lost during storage, handling and transportation and at home. Postharvest loss management is expensive in terms of cost and labor. The main aim of this study is to make a comprehensive attempt to uncover the causes, extent and determinants of postharvest losses and its economic implications to various actors operating in t...

Livelihood Diversification among Pastoralists and Its Effect on Poverty: The Case of Amibara District, Zone Three of Afar National Regional State

Abstract: Over thousands of years, pastoralists have managed their resources and livelihoods in the face of environmental challenges and difficult socio-economic conditions. However, since recent decades pastoralists are challenged in maintaining their livelihoods and coping mechanisms due to a range of ecological, demographic, economic, social, political and climatic changes. Such changes and crises can all easily reduce large numbers of pastoralists to destitution and sometimes cause a lar...

Smallholder Farmers’ Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in Raya Azebo District, Southern Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia

Abstract: Climate change is threat to the environment as the whole and to agriculture in particular. Itis aggravating drought, pests, diseases and other related environmental shocks and it impacts the dimension of food security.The main objective of the study was to identify farmers’ adaptation strategies to climate change in Raya Azebodistrict, Southern Tigray, Ethiopia.Both primary and secondary data were used.Descriptive statistics were used to explain farmers’ perception of climate c...

WILLINGNESS TO PAY FORWOODWORK ENTERPRISES TO RECOVER DEFORESTED SOFTWOOD TREES IN EASTERN ETHIOPIA

Abstract: This study was carried out to determine the economic value of forest by Wood work enterprises for the reforestation of softwood Pine trees in Eastern Ethiopia, namely Dire Dawa Administrative Council, Harari Regional State and Deder district (woreda) of East Hararghe Zone. Forests in Eastern Ethiopia were the major sources of softwood Pine logs. Nowadays, some of commercially important Pine species are over-exploited and in short of supply. The study was undertaken with the objecti...

CHOICE OF LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES by SMALLHOLDER FARMERS in BOSET WOREDA, EAST SHOA ZONE, OROMIA REGION, ETHIOPIA

Abstract: Majority of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia pursue a dominant livelihood strategy mostly complemented by a second less dominant livelihood strategy. Choice of livelihood strategies is mostly constrained by shrinking natural capitals and adverse changes in climatic conditions that affects the outcomes from the adopted livelihood choices. In the face of such changes, comprehending the driving factors for the choice of current livelihood strategy is crucial to having objective informa...

DETERMINANTS OF ADOPTION OF IMPROVED TEFF VARIETIES BY SMALLHOLDER FARMERS: THE CASE OF KOBO DISTRICT, NORTH WOLLO ZONE, AMHARA REGION, ETHIOPIA

Abstract: Adoption and wider diffusion of improved teff varieties is playing vital role in reversing the present situation of food insecurity in many parts of Ethiopia. However, the uses of improved teff varieties are constrained by various factors. Hence, in this study, an attempt was made to examine factors affecting adoption and intensity of use of improved teff varieties. A multi-stage random sampling technique was employed to select 150 sample households from Kobo district. This study u...

FARMERS’ WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR IMPROVED IRRIGATION WATER USE: THE CASE OF WOLISO DISTRICT, SOUTH WEST SHOA ZONE, OROMIA NATIONAL REGIONAL STATE, ETHIOPIA

Abstract: As scarcity of irrigation water is rising, pricing of agricultural water and cost recovery can play a significant role in promoting water use efficiency. Hence, the main objective of this study was to analyze farmers’ willingness to pay for improved irrigation water use, and identify its determinants using the contingent valuation method. Both primary and secondary data were used to achieve the objective. Cross sectional data were collected from 251 households using a two-stage s...

PERFORMANCE OF CATTLE MARKETING IN AGRO-PASTORAL AREAS: THE CASE OF FAFAN ZONE OF SOMALI REGION, EASTERN ETHIOPIA

Abstract: With regard to sustained increase in agricultural production, and farmer’s income; The market for cattle is one the largest markets in Ethiopia in terms of the volume of output handled the number of market participants involved, and the vastness of the geographical area of operation. This thesis research examines performance of the cattle marketing in agro pastoral areas of Fafan zone of Somali Region, Eastern Ethiopia. It attempts to identify marketing channels, and the role and...

SMALLHOLDER HOUSEHOLDS’ TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION, EFFICIENCY AND WELFARE EFFECT OF IMPROVED WHITE HARICOT BEANS PRODUCTION IN EAST SHEWA ZONE OF SOUTH-EASTERN ETHIOPIA

Abstract: White haricot bean is the major source of cash in domestic and international markets and serves as the cheapest source of protein diet for the rural households. Despite the contribution, its adoption is so low; and the efficiency status and welfare contribution of the crop is not well documented. In light of this, this research was meant to study adoption, efficiency and welfare effect of white haricot beans in the study area. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select thr...

IMPACT OF SMALL SCALE IRRIGATION ON SMALL-HOLDER FARMERS’ INCOME: THE CASE OF KERSA DISTRICT, EAST HARARGHE ZONE OROMIA NATIONAL REGIONAL STATE, ETHIOPIA

Abstract: Irrigation water is one of unexploited resources in our country. Recently, the Federal and the Regional Governments of Ethiopia, and donor agencies gave due attention to promote smallscale irrigation schemes in the country that targeted smallholder farmers. This is because irrigated farming plays a vital role towards domestic food security and poverty alleviation. This study identifies factors influencing participation in small-scale irrigated farming and its impact on annual incom...

IMPACT OF IRRIGATION ACCESS ON POTATO PRODUCTION EFFICIENCYAND RURAL HOUSEHOLDS’ POVERTY IN EAST GOJJAM ZONE OF ETHIOPIA

Abstract: The growing gap between food demand and supply in Ethiopia and hence rural poverty is mainly attributed to the low productivity of the agricultural sector. Access to irrigation by smallholder farmers is believed to enhance production efficiency, and hence considered as a cornerstone of food security and poverty reduction. The objective of this study was to assess the impact of irrigation access on potato production efficiency and alleviating farm households’ poverty in east Gojja...

DETERMINANTS OF INCOME DIVERSIFICATION AMONG RURAL HOUSEHOLDS IN TULO DISTRICT, WEST HARARGHE ZONE, OROMIA NATIONAL REGIONAL STATE ETHIOPIA

Abstract: Rural farm households face an increasing challenge looking for alternative income sources to supplement their small scale agricultural activities. To this end, this paper examines the determinants of income diversification among rural households using cross sectional data collected from Tulo District of Western Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia. Both primary and secondary data were collected from different sources. The data were obtained from 120 sample household heads that were selected thr...

Market Participation and Food Security of Farm Households in Eastern Zone of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

Abstract: The agricultural sector greatly influences the economic performance and is the longstanding sector in contributing to food security in Ethiopia. This research attempts to contribute to the understanding of farm households’ crop commercialization and food security conditions in Eastern zone of Tigray, Ethiopia. Specifically, it was designed to estimate the level of crop commercialization and calorie consumption, investigate the common determinants of intensity of crop commercializ...


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