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2018-04-17 | Peer Reviewed

Land for food or power? Risk governance of dams and family farms in Southwest Ethiopia

Legese, Getachew, Kristof Van Assche, Till Stelmacher, Hailemariam Teklewold and Girma Kelboro. 2018. “Land Use Policy.” Science Direct 75: 50-59.
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This study use the concepts of riskscapes and risk governance to analyze the tensions between land use for food (farms) and energy (dams) in South West Ethiopia. It analyzes the linkage between risk perception, risk assessment and risk management for local and non-local actors. The study distinguish, after empirical analysis, as main riskscapes the riskscapes of landlessness, food and energy insecurity and siltation. For the Ethiopian case, and more generally, we reflect on the potential of spatial planning as a site of risk governance, where risk perception, assessment and management can be discussed in their linkages, where different actor-related and topical riskscapes can encounter, can be deliberated and result in policy integration. We finally reflect on the ethical implications of our perspective and reconsider the idea of social cost.