Archives for January, 2016

Ethiopia: Nations/Nationalities or Democratization?

By Daniel Teferra (PhD)* In Ethiopia, the TPLF/EPRDF policy of kililawi masta-dadr has recently run into trouble. The Sidama/Oromo groups are fighting the government over land issues. This is a dangerous development. The Sidama/Oromo regions constitute the rich, agricultural belt of Ethiopia and the on-going war in Somalia could easily spread into these areas. In...

Is Land Privatization bad for The Poor?

By Daniel Teferra (PhD)* Rene Lefort (Ethiomedia.com, December 19, 2015) says that land privatization is worse for the poorest farmers. This argument may support the government, but not the farmers. Rene Lefort starts out with Amartya Sen’s exchange entitlements thesis. He states that in bad years, Ethiopian farmers “face a food shortage not because the...