Article from ROAPE Volume 16 Number 44
Capturing the Peasants Through Cooperatives - Ethiopia
The image of Ethiopia in the west is one of ecological degradation, starvation and war. Population growth, in the absence of technology change, causes heavy pressure on the arable land by cultivation and grazing. Vegetation is relentlessly removed and erosion is rampant. Crop yields decline and peasant reserves dwindle. When drought strikes, the scene is set for disaster. Rehabilitation and emergency aid is made difficult due to the civil strife which haunts the northern highlands.