Ethiopia: A Transformationalist Seed Law

  • Clare O’Grady WalsheEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter presents a case study of the preparation and passage of Ethiopia’s 2013 Seed Proclamation. It begins by identifying the main differences between the previous laws that governed seed sovereignty in Ethiopia and the 2013 Seed Proclamation. It goes on to describe in detail the process by which the 2013 Proclamation was passed. It then provides a detailed analysis of the main actors involved in the decision-making process and their motivations. It shows that the 2013 Seed Proclamation in Ethiopia is consistent with a transformationalist interpretation of seed sovereignty in which certain rights were given over to international corporate and commercial interests, but where the Ethiopian government also maintained control over various aspects of seed policy.


Ethiopia Seed proclamation Seed sovereignty Transformationalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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