Family farms – Reducing food insecurity among family farming households by improved biomass-based value webs: potentials and limitations
Fifty percent of all food-insecure people in sub-Saharan Africa depend on small-scale family farming. Family farms represent eighty percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa and constitute the backbone of many African countries’ economies. Family farms can be both, major driving forces for and impediments to agrarian transformation.
- To provide evidence on potentials and limitations to reduce food insecurity among family farming in two exemplary case studies (an extensive agro-forestry system in a protected area and an intensive maize-based farming system in an ‘agricultural food basket’) in Ethiopia by improving biomass-based value webs
- What are the food production characteristics in an extensive agro-forestry system in a protected area and an intensive maize-based farming system in an ‘agricultural food basket’ in Ethiopia?
- What are the particular roles and interests of local actors?
- Which state and non-state institutions influence actors’ decision-making in what way?
- What incentives and disincentives determine family farmers’ decisions to produce food or non-food products in the exemplified farming systems?
- What are the potentials and limitations of family farming households to contribute to and benefit from exemplified biomass-based value webs?
- How far can biomass-based value webs contribute to the reduction of risks and vulnerability of family farming households?
Focus group discussions, household surveys with semi-structured questionnaires, visual communication techniques, transect walks, expert interviews in local, regional and national level
Countries of field research:
- Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
- Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF), Addis Ababa
- Dr. Till Stellmacher
Center for Development Research (ZEFa)
- Dr. Girma Kelboro Mensuro
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Department: Political and Cultural Change (ZEFa)
- Dr. Tadesse Woldemariam Gole
Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF)
- Getachew Lgese Feye
Center for Development Research
Department: Political and Cultural Change (ZEF A)
Associated partners in Ethiopia:
- Addis Ababa University, PhD Program “Environmental Planning” at EiABC
- The Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC/N)
- Ethiopian Economic Association/ Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEA/EEPRI)
- Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
- Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources