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dc.contributor.authorTadesse, Yenenesh
dc.contributor.authorAlmekinders, Conny J.M.
dc.contributor.authorSchulte, Rogier P.O.
dc.contributor.authorStruik, Paul C.
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-03T11:30:34Z
dc.date.available2020-07-03T11:30:34Z
dc.date.issued2018-06-18
dc.identifier.citationTadesse, Y., Almekinders, C., Schulte, R. and Struik, P. Potatoes and livelihoods in Chencha, southern Ethiopia. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 2019 88, 105-111. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2018.05.005en_US
dc.identifier.issn1573-5214
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/2144
dc.descriptionpeer-revieweden_US
dc.description.abstractPotato is highly productive crop and can provide a cheap and nutritionally-rich staple food. Its potential as a cash generator and source of food is much under-utilized in many emerging economies. In this paper we study the impact of an intervention that introduced improved potato technologies in Chencha, Ethiopia on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. We collected information through in-depth interviews in order to explore possible pathways of impact on farmers’ livelihoods; and used this information as the basis for designing a household survey. The results show changes in agronomic practices and consumption; these changes were most pronounced among wealthy farmers who participated in the intervention. Farmers used the additional income from potato in different ways: wealthier farmers improved their houses and increased their livestock, whereas poor farmers mainly invested in furniture, cooking utensils, tools and in developing small businesses like selling and buying cereals, milk and weaving products in the local markets. Some wealthy farmers, who did not participate in the project, also derived some indirect benefits from the intervention. This underscores: i) interventions that promote uniform farming technologies in themselves are not always sufficient to improve the livelihoods of poor farmers, and ii) the need to broaden the scope of interventions so as to take into account the resources available to farmers in different wealth categories, and the diversity of strategies that they employ for improving their livelihoods. Our approach allows to understand and describe the different developmental effects of a single technological intervention on the different aspects of farmers’ livelihoods.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences;Vol. 88
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectAsseten_US
dc.subjectAgronomyen_US
dc.subjectConsumption patternen_US
dc.subjectFood securityen_US
dc.subjectLog-linear analysisen_US
dc.subjectPotatoen_US
dc.subjectProductionen_US
dc.subjectWealth categoryen_US
dc.titlePotatoes and livelihoods in Chencha, southern Ethiopiaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.embargo.terms2020-06-18en_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2018.05.005
dc.contributor.sponsorWageningen University and Researchen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorVita (Irish Aid)en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorTeagasc Walsh Fellowship Programmeen_US
dc.source.volume88
dc.source.beginpage105-111
refterms.dateFOA2020-06-18T00:00:00Z


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