oa East African Geographical Review - Some observations on the Von Thunen method of analysis: with reference to Southern Ethiopia

Volume 1970, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



In the Doko area of the Gamu Highlands (Fig. 1) of Southern Ethiopia1, there are two types of farmer: those who are rich enough to be involved in a cash economy and those whose poverty restricts their agricultural efforts to the production of sufficient food to keep themselves and their families alive. These two classes of farmer have different economic outlooks and they express these outlooks through their different land use management approaches. The richer in attempting to enlarge, if not maximise, profits, rationalise their land use according to certain economic constraints e.g. inputs in relation to expected outputs. The poorer are restricted both by the size of their holdings and by their lack of capital. The result, descriptionbed in more detail below, of these dual sets of constraints is a pattern of land use and settlement for the whole community which masks two very different land use evaluations (Fig. 2).

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