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Current Land Tenure and Households’ Perspectives to Voluntary Land Consolidation in South East Ethiopia

23 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2020 Publication Status: Under Review

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Teshome Beyene Leta

Arsi University - Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Arega Bazezew Berlie

Bahir Dar Universit - Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies

Mehrete Belay Ferede

Bahir Dar Universit - Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies

Abstract

Land consolidation is supposed to improve crop production although framers’ voluntary land consolidation is negligible in Ethiopia. The main object of this study was to assess effects of current land policy on households’ voluntary land consolidation. Data were gathered with survey questionnaire, focus group discussions and interviews. The descriptive and inferential statistics were used for data analysis. Results indicated that the area has insufficient land allocation, illegal land market, land conflicts, farmland fragmentation and low crop production. Regression model identified that sex, age, household sizes; number of plots, land leasing-in and sharecropping-in are determinants of future voluntary land consolidation. Therefore, the farming households should be contingent to legal land rules for accessing secured farmlands. The agriculture experts should aware farming households on negative effects of dividing already existing smaller plots. The farming households should be initiated to consolidate their fragmented plots for enhancing their agricultural production. The local governments could urge conventional land consolidation scheme so as to expand mechanized agriculture. National government should review the current land policy for devising mechanisms of controlling land fragmentation.

Keywords: Land tenure; Tenure arrangements; Land consolidation; Arsi zone; Ethiopia

Suggested Citation

Leta, Teshome Beyene and Berlie, Arega Bazezew and Ferede, Mehrete Belay, Current Land Tenure and Households’ Perspectives to Voluntary Land Consolidation in South East Ethiopia. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3745224 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3745224

Teshome Beyene Leta (Contact Author)

Arsi University - Department of Geography and Environmental Studies ( email )

Ethiopia

Arega Bazezew Berlie

Bahir Dar Universit - Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies ( email )

Tana Sub-city
Bahir Dar
Bahir Dar, AK Amhara 79
Ethiopia

Mehrete Belay Ferede

Bahir Dar Universit - Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies ( email )

Tana Sub-city
Bahir Dar
Bahir Dar, AK Amhara 79
Ethiopia

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