Agricultural Cooperatives: Technology Adoption, Technical Efficiency and Household Welfare in Tigray Region, Ethiopia




Kifle Tesfamariam is a PhD student at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Rural Development Economics. He started a PhD on May 2016. Before joining a PhD program, Kifle was a full-time academic staff at Mekelle University, Department of Cooperative Studies, he was serving the University in teaching, research, and community service. Kifle holds an MA in Cooperative Marketing (2008), where he conducted studies on the Impact of Rural savings and credit Cooperatives on the household income in Tigray region, Ethiopia, and a BA in Management (2004) both from Mekelle University.


Kifle’s ongoing research focuses on the impact of agricultural cooperatives on rural household income in Tigray region, Ethiopia.  The purpose of this study is twofold. The first part is to study the topology of the different types of agricultural cooperatives (i.e., multipurpose, dairy, beekeeping, irrigation, livestock and natural resource cooperatives) and their distinguishing services and success factors for sustainability and resilience. The second part is to analyze how technology adoption influences product quality and production efficiency and examines the impact of membership in beekeeping cooperatives on rural household income. The first cooperative level survey questionnaire was tested in the 12 study woreda (district) in Tigray region in September 2016.  This research is funded by a four-year VLIR UOS project “Agricultural Cooperatives in Northern Ethiopia: Capacity Building and Impact Assessment through Collaborative Research”.


Agricultural cooperatives, beekeeping, topology, resilience, sustainability, income

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