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SBN Support Programme conducts labour study

The SBN programme has been conducting a new study on the conditions and situations of labourers in the sesame sector in Northwest Ethiopia since June 2014.

The main objective of the study is to get a better understanding of the characteristics, dynamics, and conditions of labour and labourers in the sesame/sorghum sector in northwest Ethiopia.

The focus is on farmers’ labour requirements and costs and labourers’ capacities, conditions and income. The study covers the current woredas  of the SBN support programme.

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Labourers waiting to get employed at Abrehajira

Although some studies have been conducted about the numbers, conditions, migration of labourers, and different organizations and resource persons have information, there is insufficient evidence on this subject. There is strong need for both quantitative and qualitative data on the subject. Given the large number of labourers that are involved in sesame and sorghum production, it is now time to do so.

The finding of the study will provide better understanding of areas for improvement, and can form the starting point for (co-) facilitating changes in the sesame labour sector.

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By Sesame Business Network, Gondar-Ethiopia