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Land degradation in Ethiopia: What do stoves have to do with it?

Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Gerrit van Kooten and Daan van Soest ()

No 2005-16, Working Papers from University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group

Abstract: Land degradation is a particularly vexing problem in developing countries; as forests are depleted, crop residues and dung are used for fuel, which degrades cropland. In Ethiopia, the government encourages tree planting and adoption of energy efficient stove technologies to mitigate land degradation. We use data from 200 households in Tigrai, Ethiopia to examine the adoption of new stove technologies. Adoption is an economic decision, related to savings in time spent collecting fuel and cooking, and cattle required for everyday purposes. Results indicate adopters of efficient stoves reduce respective wood and dung use by 68 and 316 kg per month.

Keywords: land degradation; technology adoption; Africa; Ethiopia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O55 Q24 Q55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2005-12
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