The Case of Quowet Wereda In North Shewa Zone of Theamhara National State

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Addis Ababauniversity


This study on Farmer-Herder conflict attempted to explore one area of the problems of local development, which is local instability. Conflict hampers local and national development by mainly affecting rural agro-pastoral productivity. Especially in conflict prone areas where the conflicts are of higher magnitude, the livelihoods of the producer communities are threatened to greater extents. This study, on the highland-lowland transition zone of Northeastern Ethiopia, and particularly on Quowet Wereda of North Shewa Zone, has explored the nature and causes of the conflict in the study area. The prime assumption at the beginning of the study was that as in many semi-arid areas where natural resource scarcity dictates the relationship among farmers and herders sharing a common production zones, the major cause of conflict in this area would be resource scarcity. The study also revealed that natural resource scarcity, coupled with other factors like tenure and boundary regulations, was found to be the inherent cause of conflict between farmers and herders. The conflict in the study area was found to be of higher magnitude both in terms of recurrence and intensity, which worsens with the aggravation of resource scarcity in the absence of sustainable conflict resolution



Theamhara National State Atkilt Daniel