New Journal Paper on rural youth in Ethiopia

The paper "Are Rural Youth in Ethiopia Abandoning Agriculture?" written by Sosina Bezu and Stein T. Holden has been published in the international journal World Development.

New Journal Paper on rural youth in Ethiopia

The paper is published as a New Journal Paper and can be downloadedhere.


Abstract of the paper This study examines current land access and livelihood choices of rural youth in Southern Ethiopia. We found that youth in rural south have limited access to agricultural land because of land scarcity and land market restrictions. We hypothesize that this forces the youth to abandon agriculture in search of other livelihoods. Our study shows that only 9% of the rural youth plan to pursue agriculture as their livelihood. We also found a sharp increase in youth outmigration in the past six years. Our econometric analyses confirm that lack of land access is forcing the youth away from an agricultural livelihood. 

Published 31. July 2014 - 12:39 - Updated 28. November 2016 - 10:22

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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