Impacts of HIV/AIDS on Labor Allocation and Crop Diversity : do Stages of the Disease Matter?

K. Gebreselassie, L.L. Price, J.H.H. Wesseler, E.C. van Ierland

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This paper deals with the impact of HIV/AIDS on labor allocation and crop diversity. The study is based on an in-depth analysis of 4 case studies in Ethiopia. A novel element in the study is the emphasis on the distinction of various stages in which the disease affects families. Results show that impact on labor allocation very much depends on the various stages of the disease and which family member (or members) is affected. Also land tenure plays an important role, because of the options of having sharecropping contracts or opportunities for off-farm labour. This has implications for the intervention strategies in the various phases of the disease, both for men and women.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherMansholt Graduate School
Number of pages66
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameDiscussion paper / Mansholt Graduate School
PublisherMansholt Graduate School


  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • human immunodeficiency viruses
  • human diseases
  • labour allocation
  • off-farm employment
  • non-farm income
  • crop management
  • crops
  • tenure systems
  • Ethiopia
  • case studies
  • farm labour

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