Farmers’ participation in the development of land use policies for the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

The constitution of Ethiopia indicates that land-related policies should be developed and implemented in a participatory and consultative process with local stakeholders (farmers).

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IVM researchers Adenew Taffa, Jasper van Vliet, and Peter Verburg interviewed farmers as well as stakeholders from different governmental institutions to assess this participation, and the perception thereof by stakeholders. In their paper they found that farmers participated in the development of these policies according to higher level governmental institutes, but those local farmers in the Central Rift Valley were hardly aware of this participation, nor of the policies that directly affected their land use activities. Due to the perceived lack of participation, these policies lacked credibility and acceptability by those that are supposed to follow and implement them. Therefore, increasing the participation of farmers in policy development as well as improving the communication about this participation could increase the uptake of land use policies.

For more information, please see the article: Taffa Ariti, A., van Vliet, J. & Verburg, P.H. (2017). Farmers’ participation in the development of land use policies for the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Land Use Policy, 71, 129–137.