Spatial Analysis of Livestock Production Patterns in Ethiopia

  • Presentation speakers
    Helina Tilahun, GIS analyst, IFPRI ESSP-II

    The livestock sector is a large contributor to the Ethiopian economy and a mainstay in the livelihoods of many Ethiopians. Livestock production and markets vary substantially across space in Ethiopia. This study links smallholder livestock population data from the Agricultural Census and annual CSA Agricultural Sample Surveys (2005-2008) with GIS data to assess livestock population, market access, and grazing land. We utilize existing studies of travel time (Schmidt and Kedir 2009) to calculate shares of livestock (cattle, sheep and goat) populations within defined travel time thresholds of major markets. We also attempt to look into changes in available grazing land.

    Co-author: Emily Schmidt