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31. The Aräqe Dilemma: The Socioeconomics of Traditional Distilled Alcohol Production, Marketing, and Consumption in Ethiopia
Author: Author: Yeraswork Admassie and Ezana Amdework
FSS Monograph No.6

Aräqe, the subject of this study, is a ubiquitous feature of present day Ethiopian society – with the exception of the predominantly Muslim communities. Its production, marketing, and consumption are so widespread and so entrenched that the issue of illicitness is almost never raised. Throughout the fieldwork informing this study, its legality was not questioned even once – by ordinary folks, police officers and local administrators alike.
Aräqe is more than the alcoholic drink of choice for people living in rural and small towns of Ethiopia, and its popularity is on the rise even in the big towns and cities.
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32. FSS Update Issue No. 45
March-November 2011
Editor: FSS
- FSS- ATOS collaborative Research on Tracking Trends in Ethiopia’s Civil Society (TECS)

- FSS Workshop on Textile and Clothing industry in Africa

- FSS book project-Edited Book on Food Security, Safety Nets and Social Protection: The Ethiopian experience

- National Conference on Agricultural Sustainability: Opportunities and challenges

- National Workshop on People’s Movement on Development Effectiveness in Climate Financing in Wolayita (12-14 November 2011)

- New FSS Staff
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33. Participation of Women in Politics and Public Decision Making in Ethiopia
Author: Meaza Ashenafi
FSS Monograph No.5

This monograph was originally produced as a Masters Thesis. It is based on the premise that women's independent organized activities, whether carried out at policy or community level, as well as women's formal political participation are both important and complementary. The question addressed in this research is what contributions have been made by women’s independent organized activities and formal political participation, towards enhancing the empowerment of women and ensuring their participation in governance. The study examines the roles played by women in public decision making arenas.

34. Development Interventions in Wollaita, 1960s-2000s: A Critical 1Review
Author: Author: Dessalegn Rahmato
FSS Monograph No.4

This study examines the development interventions in Wollaita during the last four and half decades from the point of view of three key determinants of poverty and destitution, namely, population dynamics and land shortage, urbanization and commercialization, and livelihood diversification. The study suggests that a considerable policy shift is needed to put these determinants at center stage and to accelerate the pace of development.
35. LAND TO INVESTORS: Large-Scale Land Transfers in Ethiopia
Author: Dessalegn Rahmato
Under its program of land investments, the Ethiopian government has leased out huge tracts of land to domestic and foreign investors on terms that are highly favorable to both but particularly to foreign ones. This study examines the impact of large-scale land transfers on small farmers and their livelihoods.
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