Land fragmentation, climate change adaptation, and food security in the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia

Tesfaye C. Cholo*, Luuk Fleskens, Diana Sietz, Jack Peerlings

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Abstract

Household food security among smallholder farmers is sensitive to a variable and changing climate, requiring farmers in the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia to adopt new land management practices to improve food security. Agricultural land in the Gamo Highlands is highly fragmented. The extent to which land fragmentation (LF) moderates the food security effects of sustainable land management (SLM) practices is unknown. This study used probit and Poisson models to explain this relationship. The study found that food insecurity was severe during the food shortfall season. LF provides more potential opportunities for improving food security than challenges. Furthermore, SLM practices had both positive and negative effects on food security and their effects were conditioned by the magnitude of LF. Reducing severe LF through the assembly of small parcels into larger heterogeneous plot clusters could enhance food security by exploiting synergies between adaptation practices and LF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
JournalAgricultural Economics (United Kingdom)
Volume50
Issue number1
Early online date5 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • Ethiopia
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  • Land fragmentation
  • Q18
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Land fragmentation, climate change adaptation, and food security in the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia. / Cholo, Tesfaye C.; Fleskens, Luuk; Sietz, Diana; Peerlings, Jack.

In: Agricultural Economics (United Kingdom), Vol. 50, No. 1, 2019, p. 39-49.

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