CHAPTER 8

Contract Choice and Poverty in

Southern Highlands of Ethiopia

MILLION TADESSE, STEIN T. HOLDEN,

AND RAGNAR ØYGARD

imageharecropping is a land lease contract in which a tenant and a landlord share the final output as compensation for the labor supplied by the tenant and the land supplied by the landlord. In addition to labor and land, farmers in many rural areas form informal cost–sharing contracts for market–purchased inputs. The fact that land is state–owned property under the current Ethiopian constitution implies that land acquisition is via membership in a particular peasant association (PA), allowing only parental transfer of user rights ...

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