Understanding Land Markets in the Greater Horn of Africa

Madison, WI, July 24, 2001 -- Two Ethiopian development researchers are visiting the Center in order to perform background research on Ethiopian agricultural economics, development, and land management. Workneh Negatu, Associate Professor, and Yigremew Adal, lecturer, both of the Institute for Development Research (IDR) at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia are part of an international land management research project, Broadening Access and Strengthening Input Market Systems (BASIS) that the Center has managed for the past five years.

Their project within BASIS "From Household to Region: Factor Market Constraints to Income and Food Security in a Highly Diverse Environment—South Wollo, Ethiopia" consists of a series of six surveys that are administered to over 400 households. The surveys first establish baseline information about the households and then monitor their monetary, asset, and demography changes over the course of two years. They have completed three of the six surveys and hope to use Ethiopian, regional, and international land market information acquired during their stay in their concluding research paper.

BASIS will begin its second phase in September under the administration of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Negatu and Mr. Adal will participate in this new phase that hopes to synthesize more fully the research conclusions from over 100 researchers participating in the project from Central America, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Greater Horn of Africa, and Southern Africa.

Mr. Negatu and Mr. Adal can be reached respectively at workneh9@hotmail.com, and yigremew@hotmail.com. They will be in Madison until 22 August with plans to travel to meet with Ethiopian development scholars at Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky.