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Seeds for livelihood: crop biodiversity and food production in Ethiopia

By Salvatore Di Falco, Mintewab Bezabih and Mahmud Yesuf


This paper uses a farm level panel data from Ethiopia and a comprehensive empirical strategy to investigate the contribution of crop biodiversity on food production. We find that increasing the number of crop variety increases production. This result is stronger when rainfall level is lower. Moreover, the productivity analysis is complemented with the study of the determinants of farm level crop biodiversity. Empirical results suggest that rainfall, tenure security and household endowments tend to govern crop diversity decisions at the farm level

Topics: GE Environmental Sciences, SB Plant culture
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.03.024
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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