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1. Socio-Economic Base-Line Survey of Rural and Urban Households in Tana Sub-Basin, Amhara National Regional State
2014
Author: Kassahun Berhanu & Tegegne Gebre-Egziabher
FSS Monograph No. 10
2. Reading through the Charcoal Industry in Ethiopia: Production, Marketing, Consumption and Impact
2013
Author: Melaku Bekele and Zenebe Girmay
Reading through the Charcoal Industry in Ethiopia is a monograph that meticulously combined primary and secondary data and materials to review the production, marketing, consumption and impact of charcoal production in Ethiopia. It provides valuable data and information about the process of charcoal making and its economic contribution not only for the producers but also to the traders at different levels in the value chain of the ‘industry’.
The monograph highlights the current policy and institutional deficits of the industry and provides ways forward to address the energy demand of the country and the environmental degradation caused due to charcoal making.
3. Peasant Entrepreneurship and Rural Poverty Reduction The Case of Model Farmers in Bure Woreda, West Gojjam Zone
2011
Author: Abeje Berhanu and Ezana Amdework
FSS Monograph No. 8

The research focused on the entrepreneurial experiences of ‘model’ farmers in the context of the current agricultural extension package program and their contribution to rural poverty reduction efforts by taking Bure Zuria woreda as case study. The research assessed the immediate (direct) and contextual (indirect) factors accounting for the entrepreneurial success of peasants, as well as their impact on other farmers with the ultimate goal of understanding the linkage between peasant entrepreneurship and rural poverty reduction.
4. Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods in Northern Ethiopia: Impacts, Local Adaptation Strategies and Implications for Institutional Interventions
2003
Author: Alebachew Adem
FSS Monograph No.7

Climate change is a key emerging threat to the lives and livelihoods of the rural poor in Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s response to climate change today will bear directly on the development prospects of a large part of the country’s rural areas and populations. This study was conducted in selected rural kebeles in Meket (North Wello Zone) and Raya Azebo districts (Debubawi Zone in Tigray). The study shows that female headed households, the landless and those with limited access to productive assets are among those who suffer disproportionately from the impacts of climate change because of their excessive reliance on natural resources while at the same time they have limited options to diversify into less climate-sensitive activities. Despite their vulnerability to climate change, rural women are also the unsung heroines. In Meket and Raya Azebo, women are observed struggling and strategizing to prevail amid deteriorating environmental conditions. In this regard, involving both women and men and their respective views in the climate adaptation process of planning and implementation is critical to ensure that the end solutions will actually benefit all members of the community.
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5. The Aräqe Dilemma: The Socioeconomics of Traditional Distilled Alcohol Production, Marketing, and Consumption in Ethiopia
2010
Author: Author: Yeraswork Admassie and Ezana Amdework
FSS Monograph No.6

Aräqe, the subject of this study, is a ubiquitous feature of present day Ethiopian society – with the exception of the predominantly Muslim communities. Its production, marketing, and consumption are so widespread and so entrenched that the issue of illicitness is almost never raised. Throughout the fieldwork informing this study, its legality was not questioned even once – by ordinary folks, police officers and local administrators alike.
Aräqe is more than the alcoholic drink of choice for people living in rural and small towns of Ethiopia, and its popularity is on the rise even in the big towns and cities.
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