The Transformation of the Commons: Coercive and Non-Coercive Ways

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Publisher
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Author
Bekele Hundie

Abstract:
The major economic activity for pastoralists is animal husbandry. The harsh environment in which herders raise their livestock requires constant mobility to regulate resource utilisation via a common property regime. In contrast to the mobile way of life characterizing pastoralism, agriculture as a sedentary activity is only marginally present in the lowlands of the Afar regional state in Ethiopia. Nevertheless, this study reveals a situation where the traditional land-use arrangements in Afar are being transformed due to the introduction of farming. In the past, the Imperial and the Socialist governments introduced large-scale agriculture in a coercive manner, thereby instigating massive resistance from the pastoralists. Currently, the recurrence of drought in the study areas has facilitated the subdivision of the communal land, on a voluntary basis, for the purpose of farming. Qualitative and quantitative means of analysis were used in order to highlight the coercive and non-coercive ways that have been used in the transformation of traditional property rights of Afar pastoralists

Corporate Author: Getnet Alemu (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
ISBN/ISSN: 978-99944-54-09-9
Primary Descriptors: Pastoralist

Secondary Descriptor: Management – Land use

Geographic Descriptors: Ethiopia,Afar regional states
Cataloge Date: 02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: Animal husbandry
Call Number: 330.963 PRO 2009
Serial Key Title: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Volume: II
Publication date: 2013-05-27 23:09:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-02-27 15:02:20
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Bekele Hundie and Martina Padmanabhan