Sowing the Seeds of Social Relations: Social Capital and Agricultural Diversity in Hararghe Ethiopia

Environment and Development Economics, 2012

Posted: 8 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Romina Cavatassi

IFAD

Leslie Lipper

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Date Written: September 13, 2012

Abstract

The paper presents an analysis of the role of two forms of social capital — linking and bonding — on two key farm outcomes: on-farm crop diversity and household well-being. Where market transactions are limited, social capital is an important household asset for accessing seed and channelling information. The study is set in a drought-prone region of Ethiopia, with high rates of food insecurity and dependency on agriculture for livelihoods. The region is very rich in crop genetic diversity, particularly for sorghum. The data were collected for a production year that experienced a major drought shock. Results of the analysis indicate that social capital is an important determinant of farm level diversity and well-being, with opposing effects related to the two different forms of social capital. This suggests possible trade-offs between the two forms of social capital in terms of food security, production and diversity, which need to be considered in planning interventions.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Cavatassi, Romina and Lipper, Leslie, Sowing the Seeds of Social Relations: Social Capital and Agricultural Diversity in Hararghe Ethiopia (September 13, 2012). Environment and Development Economics, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306631

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

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Romina Cavatassi

IFAD ( email )

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Leslie Lipper

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN ( email )

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