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Tenure Insecurity, Climate Variability and Renting out Decisions among Female Small-Holder Farmers in Ethiopia

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  • Wisdom Akpalu

    (United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 25, Legon-Accra, Ghana)

  • Mintewab Bezabih

    (The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London WC2A 2AE, UK)

Abstract

Land tenure arrangements in Africa are generally skewed in favour of males. Compared to males, female plot owners face complex sets of constraints and systemic high tenure insecurity which culminate in low yields. In order to obtain better returns, some females rent their plots to males, but risk losing the plots to their tenants. A model has been constructed to explain renting-out decisions of female small landholders, an issue largely ignored in the agricultural economics literature. The results, based on a survey of female landholders in Ethiopia, highlight the factors that explain renting-out decisions.

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  • Wisdom Akpalu & Mintewab Bezabih, 2015. "Tenure Insecurity, Climate Variability and Renting out Decisions among Female Small-Holder Farmers in Ethiopia," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 7(6), pages 1-16, June.
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