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2010-02-04 | EfD Discussion Paper

Household Tree Planting in Tigrai, Northern Ethiopia: Tree Species, Purposes, and Determinants

Mekonnen, Alemu, Menale Kassie, Gunnar Köhlin and Zenebe Gebreegziabher. 2010. “Household Tree Planting in Tigrai, Northern Ethiopia: Tree Species, Purposes, and Determinants.” EfD Discussion Paper 10.
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Trees have both economic and ecological purposes in rural Ethiopia, supplying households with wood products for consumption and sale, and decreasing soil degradation.

The authors used cross-sectional household-level data in a sample selection framework that simultaneously took into account whether or not to plant trees and how many, and a logistic regression that analyzed tree attributes contributing to households’ tree-planting decisions. Land size, age, gender, tenure security, education, exogenous income, and agroecology increased the propensity to plant trees and the amount of trees, whereas increased livestock holding impacted both decisions negatively.