Rice commercialisation, agrarian change and livelihood trajectories: Transformations on the Fogera Plain of Ethiopia
August 23, 2021

This blog summarises APRA Working Paper 61, which explores the commercialisation of rice in Ethiopia since its introduction in the early 1970s. This process has evidenced wider agrarian changes that have contributed to the emergence and development of diverse livelihood options. The paper presents the role of increased rice commercialisation for the observed agrarian changes and the livelihood trajectories, based on both primary and secondary data sources generated from the Fogera plain.


The need for rice sector modernisation: a key outcome of the Ethiopian National Rice Platform Meeting
April 22, 2021

The 2021 Annual National Rice stakeholders’ platform meeting, hosted by the National Rice Secretariat at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), was held on 19 April in both Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, concurrently.


For more detailed information about our research in Ethiopia, download our country brochure.  APRA is working in Ethiopia to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to: 

  • Explore the long-term dynamics of agrarian change to examine how different pathways to rice commercialisation and agrarian changes have evolved over time and how these pathways influence people’s livelihood trajectories in the Fogera plain of Ethiopia;
  • Assess key policy issues associated with changing patterns of agricultural commercialisation through:
  • (a) An analysis of policy incentives for business investment in agricultural commercialisation in Ethiopia;
  • (b) An analysis of livestock marketing and the political economy in pastoralist areas of Ethiopia.

Contact Person: Hannington Odame | hsodame@gmail.com