Farm Size and the Share of Irrigated Land in total Landholding: the case of Water-Harvesting Irrigation in Ethiopia

M.B. Wakeyo, C. Gardebroek

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Abstract

Rain-fall shortage constrains production in small-holder agriculture in developing countries and with ongoing climate change these shortages may increase. Rain-water harvesting are interesting technologies that decrease this risk. Therefore, one would expect an increasing use of these technologies in drought-prone areas. However, data collected in Ethiopia shows that the share of irrigated land in total landholding declines with farm size. This study investigates why the share declines with farm size using panel data collected in 2005 and in 2010. A random-effect tobit model is estimated for the share of irrigated land as a function of variables affecting returns, market prices, source of finance and expectation formation. The findings show farm-specific factors such as credit per hectare, distance to market, ease of selling output, landholding, regional differences, aridity and distance of plots from natural water sources significantly affect the share. Thus, encouraging investment has to consider farm-size, and also geographical, environmental and regional diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventEAAE 2011 Congress - Zurich
Duration: 30 Aug 20112 Sep 2011

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ConferenceEAAE 2011 Congress
CityZurich
Period30/08/112/09/11

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Ethiopia
Water
Farm size
Irrigation
Shortage
Specific factors
Drought
Regional differences
Climate change
Panel data
Tobit model
Market price
Farm
Finance
Expectation formation
Developing countries
Credit
Random effects
Smallholder agriculture

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Wakeyo, MB & Gardebroek, C 2011, 'Farm Size and the Share of Irrigated Land in total Landholding: the case of Water-Harvesting Irrigation in Ethiopia' Paper presented at EAAE 2011 Congress, Zurich, 30/08/11 - 2/09/11, .

Farm Size and the Share of Irrigated Land in total Landholding: the case of Water-Harvesting Irrigation in Ethiopia. / Wakeyo, M.B.; Gardebroek, C.

2011. Paper presented at EAAE 2011 Congress, Zurich, .

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