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Agricultural Problems in Ethiopia

Harjinder Singh (Author)
Synopsis Despite its long history of self-sufficiency, Ethiopia has experienced crop failures repeatedly during the last two decades. Famine of 1972-73 led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians. It has been estimated that about one-fifth of the population of Wollo province had died from starvation. In 1984, the country again underwent a prolonged period of drought and famine with a severity that approached that of 1972-73. It affected about one-fourth of the total population. With the continuous fall in agricultural output in more recent years, it is likely that another human tragedy of vast proportion may occur. It is said that the poor performance of agriculture was mainly due to drought which affected agricultural sector adversely. With drought the area under irrigation had been reduced. But the loss of so many lives in Ethiopia was not simply due to lack of rainfall. Other factors besides drought too have contributed to the lethal proportions of the famine. The main aim of this book is to assess the performance and strategies followed for the development of the agricultural sector during the pre and post Revolutionary periods and pinpoint various constraints to its development.
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About the author

Harjinder Singh

Dr. Harjinder Singh, Reader in Economics in the Department of African Studies, University of Delhi, is a scholar of eminence in the field of African Affairs. He did his post-graduation in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and was awarded Doctorate of the University of Delhi. He has been to Ethiopia on a study tour which was financed by the University. A numner of research scholars have benefited from his guidance in the Department. His guidance in the Department. His thought-provoking articles have been published in a large number of Journals, viz. Africa Quarterly, IndiaQuarterly, Mainstream, Indo-Arfican Trade Journal, AICC Economic Review, World Focus and newspapers viz. The Hindustan Times and Patriot. He is also the author of Africa: An Economic and Political Study, 1985.

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Bibliographic information

Title Agricultural Problems in Ethiopia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1987
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121200784
length viii+254p., Figure; Tables; Bibliography; Index; Appendix; 23cm.