Rural Land Disputes and Its Socio-Economic Consequences in Amhara National Regional State: The Case of AndabetWoreda, South Gondar Administrative Zone

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This study is aimed to assess the causes of rural farmland dispute and its socio- economic consequences in Andabet Woreda, South Gondar Administrative Zone, Amhara region. To address this objective of the study, the researcher employed mixed research method with cross sectional survey design. Both primary and secondary data were used. The sources of the primary data were questionnaire filled by 133 sample households, key informants’ interview, discussions with focus groups and observation. Secondary data sources include published and unpublished documents, reports and other related materials. The findings of the study reveal that the frequent types of farmland disputes in the study area are boundary dispute, ownership dispute, inheritance disputes and grazing land disputes. The findings also depict that farmland disputes have impeded the social life of the disputant farmers. As per the findings of the study, a farmland dispute terminates the social interaction of the community. Furthermore, the disputed parties are always vulnerable to high financial costs such as court fees, transportation cost, fees for getting legal advices, accommodation costs. Farmland dispute has a negative effect on all aspects of human life