The Economics of On-Farm Conservation of Crop Diversity in Ethiopia

Incentives, Attribute Preferences and Opportunity Costs of Maintaining Local Varieties of Crops

by Edilegnaw Wale Zegeye (Author)
©2004 Thesis XX, 248 Pages


The issue of maintaining a diverse gene pool in the form of crop varieties is very topical world wide. This is caused by the potential benefit of crop genetic resources for addressing future demand emanating from unforeseen agricultural problems. This volume is mainly concerned with on-farm conservation as a supplement to the other in situ and ex situ conservation options. The study aims at generating relevant information for maintaining local varieties on farmers’ fields in Ethiopia. In order to effectively devise policies for on-farm conservation, the volume argues that an improved understanding of farmers’ incentives, attribute preferences and opportunity costs is indispensable. These issues are extensively addressed (both theoretically and empirically) with a focus on policy that is expressed by the guiding question Given the socioeconomic set-up, what policy options are available to undertake on-farm conservation of crop diversity in Ethiopia? The study results are intended to help identify optimal policies for on-farm conservation taking sorghum, coffee, and wheat as empirical examples.


XX, 248
ISBN (Softcover)
Äthiopien Kulturpflanzen Kosten Kaffee Ernte ökonomische Entwicklung Landwirtschaft Nachhaltigkeit Bauern
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. XX, 248 pp., 39 tables, 9 fig.

Biographical notes

Edilegnaw Wale Zegeye (Author)

The Author: Edilegnaw Wale Zegeye studied Agricultural Economics (B.Sc.) and Agricultural Development Economics (M.Sc.) at Alemaya University (Ethiopia) and Wageningen Agricultural University (The Netherlands), respectively. Since 2000, he has been a doctoral student at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Department of Economics and Technological Change at the University of Bonn. The author obtained his Ph.D. in 2003. His research interest is the application of micro-economic theory and econometrics for agricultural development problems.


Title: The Economics of On-Farm Conservation of Crop Diversity in Ethiopia