Transforming the Bodi from Pastoralists to Outgrowers: Land and State Capitalism in South Omo, Southwest Ethiopia

  • Fana Gebresenbet
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Under the broad land question in Ethiopia, this chapter argues that sugar industrialization is accelerating the pace at which villagized Bodi households are integrated into a monetized, capitalist system by making them out-growers and by advancing a more exclusive land tenure system. The chapter has four parts. The first introduces Salamago Woreda, its people, and state projects there (sugar industrialization and villagization). The second part focuses on the changes these state projects are introducing to the agro-pastoral conceptions and understandings of land and land governance and economic life. The third part dwells on the implications of these changes on land tenure, property rights arrangements and production relations. The last part concludes the chapter.


Land State capitalism Land tenure Agro-pastoralism Ethiopia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Peace & Security StudiesAddis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia

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