A green revolution in sub-Saharan Africa? The transformation of Ethiopia's agricultural sector

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Abstract

As the widespread pessimism about African agriculture has receded, policies for a green revolution in Africa are again called for. This study explores the presence of a national-level green revolution in Ethiopia and finds that an Ethiopian green revolution has taken place since the mid-1990s, mainly among staple-growing smallholders in agroecologically favourable areas and that the state has played a central role in this transformation via public spending on agriculture. It concludes that there is scope for states in today's low-income countries to take a leading role in the transformation of their agricultural sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-315
JournalJournal of International Development
Volume33
Issue number2
Early online date2021 Jan 21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economics

Keywords

  • agriculture
  • Ethiopia
  • green revolution
  • sub-Saharan Africa

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