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Brief Bio-data about Dessalegn Rahmato

DESSALEGN RAHMATO is the founder and the first manager of the Forum for Social Studies, an independent policy research institution based in Addis Ababa. He was for many years a senior research fellow at the Institute of Development Research at Addis Ababa University, which he left in 1997. He has published numerous works on land and agrarian issues, food security, poverty and environmental policy. Among his main works are: Agrarian Reform in Ethiopia (1985); Famine and Survival Strategies: A Case Study of Northeast Ethiopia (1991); The Dynamics of Rural Poverty: Case Studies from a District in Southern Ethiopia (1992); Land Tenure and Land Policy in Ethiopia after the Derg (1994, editor); Environmental Change and State Policy in Ethiopia (2001); Democratic Assistance to Post-Conflict Ethiopia: Impact and Limitations (co-authored with Meheret Ayenew, 2004); Searching for Tenure Security: The Land System and New Policy Initiatives in Ethiopia (2004); and Studies in Agrarian Change in Ethiopia (forthcoming).  He has co-authored two studies on poverty in the rural and urban areas of the country.  

He is the winner of the 1999 Prince Claus Award in recognition of "his achievements in the field of research and development". The award is given by the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands to individuals from the Third World considered to have made significant contributions to their societies.  A Luminary of Social research by Bahru Zewde

He is currently working on the subject of famine and food security.





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