Economic analysis of soil conservation: Case studies from the highlands of Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Ludi, Eva (2004). Economic analysis of soil conservation: Case studies from the highlands of Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Geographica Bernensia. Series A, African Studies Series: Vol. 18. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia

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Soil degradation is widespread in the Ethiopian Highlands. Its negative impacts on soil productivity contribute to the extreme poverty of the rural population. Soil conservation is propagated as a means of reducing soil erosion, however, it is a costly investment for small-scale farming households. The present study is an attempt to show whether or not selected mechanical Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) technologies are profitable from a farmer’s point of view. A financial Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is carried out to assess whether or not the considered SWC technologies are profitable from a farmer’s point of view. The CBA is supplemented by an evaluation of aspects from the economic and institutional environment. Whether or not soil conservation is profitable from a farmer’s point of view depends on a broad range of factors from the ecological, economic, political, institutional and socio-cultural sphere and also depends on the technology and the prevailing farming system. Because these factors are closely interlinked, it is often not sufficient to change or influence one to make SWC profitable. Several recommendations are formulated with regard to improving the profitability of SWC investments from a farmer’s point of view. Because the reasons for unsustainable resource use are manifold and highly interlinked, only a multi-stakeholder, multi-level and multi-objective approach is likely to offer solutions that address the underlying problems adequately.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Ludi, Eva

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISBN:

3-906151-67-0

Series:

Geographica Bernensia. Series A, African Studies Series

Publisher:

Geographica Bernensia

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

08 Feb 2016 16:21

Last Modified:

08 Feb 2016 16:21

Additional Information:

Zugl.: Diss. Naturwiss. Bern, 2002

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72604

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