This publication has been written by Dr Atsbaha Gebre-Selassie on behalf of the Maltese non-governmental development organisation Kopin, and by Mr Tessema Bekele on behalf of the Ethiopian nongovernmental organisation Emmanuel Development Association (EDA).

It was edited by Dominik Kalweit and William Grech (Kopin) and reviewed by Dr Stefano Moncada, assistant lecturer and researcher at the Institute for European Studies of the University of Malta.
It addresses the following research questions:  What are the roles of agriculture in the Ethiopian economy? What are the major agricultural policy directions/principles and controversies? How has the agricultural development policy affected the development efforts at both national and local level in terms of development outcomes and perceptions? What are the major constraints facing small-scale farmers in earning their livelihood? Which coping mechanisms are in place or utilised by the Ethiopian small-scale farmer? Which are the strengths and opportunities? What are the recommended areas for intervention by the voluntary sectors in the efforts to achieve national and local (at household level) development objectives?


Readers are encouraged to quote or reproduce material from this document for their own publications. Kopin and EDA request due acknowledgement and a copy of the publication.

This publication has been financed through a project entitled “Raising the Awareness of a European Multi-Actor Network Acting for the Enhancement of Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa”, which is led by the Italian NGO Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria (ICU) and partly financed by EuropeAid by the European Commission.