n Africa Insight - Sources and perceptions of risk among small-scale commercial farmers in the three Zobatat of Eritrea

Volume 36, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This study surveyed commercial farmers from three zobatat of Eritrea to examine the percepted and actual sources of risk challenging their livelihoods. Findings revealed that whilst some risks were of concern to most farmers, others were more enterprise- or region-specific. Results of a factor analysis indicated that programmes designed to assist farmers in Eritrea to manage production and price risks should vary between enterprises and between regions. Policy implications arising from this article are that the Eritrean government should include and inform farmers in the development of agricultural tax and land policies, demobilisation and rehabilitation programmes. Farmers' understanding of foreign exchange rate controls could also alleviate their price risks in input and product markets.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error