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Published in THE NEBRASKA ANTHROPOLOGIST, Volume 26 (2011). Published by the Anthropology Student Group, Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588. Copyright © 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln's AnthroGroup.


This paper will look at Ethiopian policies and their effect, in most cases negative, on water issues, irrigation, and agricultural productivity in the country. Additionally, this paper will address how water issues, irrigation, and agricultural productivity affect the health of Ethiopians and the resulting food and seed aid required to help many individuals and communities survive. This paper is designed to illuminate the paradoxes Ethiopian officials, local communities, and development agencies work to solve. Many initiatives will be discussed, some in detail others more generally, and the details that render them successfitl or failures will be addressed