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Explaining changes of property rights among Afar pastoralists, Ethiopia

Die Erklärung für den Wandel von Eigentumsrechten bei den Afar-Pastoralisten in Äthiopien
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Hundie, Bekele

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Corporate Editor Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaus, Fachgebiet Ressourcenökonomie
Abstract "This study aims at explaining property right changes in selected areas of Afar region in Ethiopia. Based on primary and secondary data, explanations are given on the existing types of land use arrangements and how the traditional communal rights of pastoralists have been changing. Both communal rights and individualized rights exist the latter being introduced with the establishment of commercial farms. The state is identified as one driving force behind property right changes especially in one study site (Ambash), which is suitable for irrigated agriculture whereas its direct intervention is minimal in other sites. The coercive interventions started in 1960s have had detrimental impacts on the livelihoods of pastoral households. In addition to the state as a change agent, natural as well as socioeconomic challenges are important in explaining the current changes in land use arrangements." (author's abstract)
Keywords Ethiopia; creation of ownership; right of ownership; land law; agriculture; agricultural development; irrigation; land utilization; East Africa; developing country; Africa South of the Sahara; Africa
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Berlin
Page/Pages 33 p.
Series Institutional Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources (ICAR) : Discussion Papers, 14
ISSN 1613-4862
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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