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Title:The dynamics of land transaction practices among the Karrayu pastoralists in the Upper Awash Valley of Ethiopia: the cases of Abadir and Merti communities
Author:Ayalew GebreISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:land tenure
land acquisition
Abstract:The Karrayu are transhumant pastoralists who inhabit the Metehara Plain and the surroundings of Mount Fentale, in Ethiopia's Upper Awash River Basin. The expansion of large-scale irrigation agriculture and conservation schemes has over the years led to the expropriation of vast portions of prime grazing land. Pastoral Karrayu have borne the brunt of the resulting consequences. Unable to a large extent to practise their transhumant pastoral way of life in the customary way, the Karrayu have been compelled to resort to alternative livelihood strategies, such as cultivation of grains and horticulture. As a consequence, practices that never had links with pastoral adaptation, such as different forms of land deals, transactions, and transfers, have become increasingly common, with far-reaching land use and tenure policy implications. This study examines the dynamics of the evolving land use and access strategies, generating fresh evidence in the context of a community under transformation from pastoral to agro-pastoral forms of livelihood. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]