ESA Technical Paper, November 2005



Seed Systems, Household Welfare and Crop Genetic Diversity: An Economic Methodology applied in Ethiopia

Leslie Lipper, Romina Cavatassi and Paul C. Winters





The Report : part I - PDF (578 KB)
The Report: part II - PDF (535 KB)
Annex 1: Household survey visit 1 - PDF (305 KB)
Annex 2: Household survey visit 2 - PDF (343 KB)
Annex 3: Survey Management - PDF   (27 KB)
Annex 4: Recommendations to Team Leaders - PDF   (54 KB)
Annex 5: Enumerator Guide - PDF (382 KB)
Annex 6: Community Survey - PDF (132 KB)
Annex 7: Focus Group - PDF (219 KB)
Annex 8: Crops Grown and Local Markets - PDF (294 KB)

Agricultural and Development Economics Division
The Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations



The paper describes the methodology developed in the first phase of an empirical study conducted in the Hararghe region of Ethiopia. Purpose of the study was the analysis of the economic relationship between seed systems, access to crop genetic resources and farm level outcomes in order to understand how seed systems influence the on-farm conservation of crop genetic resources and the welfare of poor farmers. The objective was to provide the necessary information and tools for decision-makers on ways to promote the sustainable utilization of agricultural biodiversity and improve farmer welfare. By documenting the methodology and lessons learned in field work in Ethiopia, we hope to assist those wishing to conduct similar research in this area.


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