The award is based on a trust fund Uma Lele has established with International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), and was launched at the IAAE meetings in Beijing in 2009. The award includes a $1000 grant to the authors of the winning paper, Mintewab Bezabih from University of Sussex, Stein T. Holden from Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Andrea Mannberg from Umeå University.
The award was given at the 28th IAAE- conference in Iguassu Falls, Brazil, 18-24. August, 2012.
The paper “The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gender Gaps in Productivity in Rural Ethiopia” analyses the impact of a low cost and restricted rights land certification program on the productivity of female-headed households. The analysis is based on plot level panel data from the Amhara Region in Ethiopia. The results suggest a positive and significant effect of certification on plot-level productivity.
In addition, the results show that certification has different impacts on male and female productivity with female-headed households gaining significantly.