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Title:The Size of Peasant Association Holdings and Government Policies: Questions Raised by Recent Research in Arsi Region, Ethiopia
Authors:Cohen, John M.ISNI
Jonsson, Ingvar
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:farmers' associations
land scarcity
Politics and Government
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43661135
Abstract:Based on field studies in particular peasant associations (PAs) throughout Ethiopia, some experts have concluded that the PAs are characterized by high land pressure, and fragmentation and parcellation of holdings, and that average holdings per household are becoming so small that the farm is not economically viable. Findings of 1985-1986 research on PA land area in Arsi Region, using both map data and interviews, raise substantial questions about the accuracy of such assertions and, in particular, about the government policy of collectivization and State farming which they support. The Arsi findings should alert researchers and analysts to the dangers of relying on PA size statements made by members of associations or clerks in PA land registry offices. Notes, ref.