Food vs. Cash Crops—What Should be the Balance?

Dar, W D and Winslow, M D and Silim, S and Abate, T and Mgonja, M (2010) Food vs. Cash Crops—What Should be the Balance? In: Borlaug Symposium, 13 August 2010, The United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa.

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Thank you very much for inviting us to contribute on a topic that is strategically important for all of us involved in agricultural development. Ethiopia is a country of special interest to us in this regard because of our remarkable partnership on chickpea. Chickpea is an example of a single crop being used for both food and cash. Ethiopia is Africa’s largest producer; major international markets are in the Middle East and South Asia. Improved varieties and extension in East Shewa Zone in the Oromia region have resulted in a 90% yield increase (2003-05 average compared with 2008) and 40% increase nationwide. The total production of chickpea jumped from 168 thousand metric tons in 2003-05 to 312 thousand metric tons in 2008. This contributed to skyrocketing export earnings, from $1 million in 2004 to $26 million in 2008..

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Others > Food and Nutrition
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 04:19
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2013 04:19
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