Leveraging farmers’ strategies for coping with stress: seed aid in Ethiopia

McGuire, Shawn J. and Sperling, Louise (2008) Leveraging farmers’ strategies for coping with stress: seed aid in Ethiopia. Global Environmental Change, 18 (4). pp. 679-688.

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Interventions to reduce farmers’ vulnerability to crises rarely build on existing coping strategies. Emergency seed aid offers a unique opportunity to examine links between different types of interventions and local coping mechanisms, as such relief has been abundant and long-term. This study focuses on farmers’ use and assessment of crisis assistance within Ethiopia, where seed aid delivery dates back at least 34 years. Farmers’ abilities to strategize and negotiate inter-/intra-seasonal variability are not being addressed by current supply-driven approaches. Lessons derived from seed aid give insights toward more effective practice for programs aiming to bolster farmers’ resilience in high-stress and uncertain contexts.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 16:09
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2023 10:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/18968
DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.07.002

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