Short Summary of Agricultural Cooperatives in Ethiopia

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Agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia have received significant attention by researchers over the past ten years, highlighting their potential strength and limitations (e.g. Bernard et al. 2010, Francesconi 2010). The following short note, Agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia:Results of the 2012 ATA Baseline Survey seeks to provide an updated quantitative assessment of the significance of cooperatives within the agricultural sector and the use of their services by members and non-members.

It is based on the 2012 ATA Baseline Survey carried out by the International Food Policy Research Institute for the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). The ATA Baseline Survey includes a household, a community, and a cooperative module. This report combines information from all three modules.

Survey respondents were selected from 200 kebeles in the four main regions of Ethiopia: Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) region. Three thousand households were surveyed within these kebeles. For the cooperative module, interviews were conducted with leaders from the 102 agricultural cooperatives present in these kebeles. Appendix 1 describes the sampling procedure for the ATA baseline survey in detail. Although the sample includes a disproportionately large number of households in the woredas in which the ATA is focusing its efforts, sampling weights are used to compensate for this, making the results representative of farmers in the four main regions of Ethiopia. All results reported are weighted averages and percentages.