Prospects of Transforming Subsistence Agriculture into Sustainable Livelihoods; A case-study of the Ribb sub-Catchment, Ethiopia.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This study assesses the importance of agricultural transformation in achieving sustainable livelihood in rural Ethiopia. By focusing on the different agricultural transformation components, the study analyse different farming typologies at household level. Through the process of smallholder commercialization, households can transform into more desired farm typology which can assist them to achieve food security and reduce poverty. Based on households production objective, the result suggests that households in the study area belong to four major farm typology i.e., below-subsistence, subsistence, constant improving and commercial level farm typologies. By applying an ordered logit regression model, the variables having high significance level and determine households to transform from lower farm typology (below-subsistence level) to higher (commercial level) are topography, livestock holdings and irrigation. Farm land size, land fragmentation and non-farm income are also determining factors in smallholder agricultural transformation. In addition, the result show that weak institutions, poor access to markets and credit, inadequate infrastructure, poor soil fertility and land degradation have constrained households to transform to smallholder commercialization.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 38 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 123
Sustainable development; sustainable rural livelihood; farm typology; subsistence agriculture; smallholder commercialization; agricultural transformation; ordered logit regression
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-196185DiVA: diva2:609470
Subject / course
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-12-04, Norrland, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
UppsokLife Earth Science
Karlberg, Louise, Research Fellow, PhDBeyene, Atakilti, Research Fellow, PhD