Agricultural Cooperatives and Rural Livelihoods: Evidence from Ethiopia Kindie Getnet affiliation not provided to SSRN Tsegaye ANULLO affiliation not provided to SSRN Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol. 83, Issue 2, pp. 181-198, 2012 Abstract: ABSTRACT: Agricultural cooperatives are important rural organizations supporting livelihood development and poverty reduction. In recognition of such roles of cooperatives, Ethiopia showed a renewed interest in recent years in promoting cooperative sector development. However, there is lack of a wider and systematic analysis to produce sufficient empirical evidence on the livelihood development and poverty reduction impacts of cooperatives in the country. Using a matching technique on rural household income, saving, agricultural input expenditure and asset accumulation as indicator variables, this paper evaluates the livelihood impact of agricultural cooperatives in Sidama zone, Ethiopia. The finding shows tha
FORT COLLINS - Colorado State University signed an international Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ethiopia’s Hawassa University to provide collaborative research and teaching opportunities for faculty and graduate students at the two universities. The MOU was signed in January of this year, and in February, a team of four CSU researchers from the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory traveled to south-central Ethiopia where they taught short courses in geographic information systems, watershed management, animal nutrition and forest ecology at the Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources located off Hawassa’s main campus. Additionally, the team visited potential research sites and met with Hawassa faculty and Peace Corps volunteers. “Hawassa University is very similar to CSU in that both universities are about the same size and offer similar programs, including a veterinary school and a college of natural resources,” said Dave Swift, senior research sc
Hawassa, 14 April 2012 (allAfrica) — More than 153, people have received HIV and AIDS Voluntary Counseling and blood Testing (VCT) in Sidama Zone over the past seven months, the zonal health department said. Health Promotion and Disease Preventions Process owner coordinator Yohannes Latamo told ENA that more than 80,000 of them are women. He said the department is working with government and NGOs to expand VCT service to reach out more community. Some 520 people have found to be positive, he said. Following the establishment of HIV and AIDS fund in government offices care and support service is being offered to 39 people living with HIV and AIDS, he said. He said government offices have also allocated two percent of their budget each for HIV and AIDS prevention and control activities. With this fund, 21 people living with HIV and AIDS are taking Anti-Retroviral Treatment and more than 5,000 orphaned and vulnerable children are provided shelter, food and educational m
Hawassa, April 21, 2012 (Hawassa) - Construction of a multi-purpose hall cultural centre is underway in Hawassa town of South Ethiopia Peoples State at a cost of close to 40 million Birr, the town municipality said. Municipality deputy manager, Biru Wolde told ENA that the center, which would be finalized in the next Ethiopian budget year would accommodate 1,700 guests at a time. He said the centre which houses conference hall, theater and art gallery, among others would help conserve historical and cultural heritages of the region. The construction has created dozens of jobs. The regional government and the municipality have covered the construction cost of the centre.