about EFS

Ethiopia Field Station (EFS)

"Creation of multidimensional symbiotic society in North East Africa and the role of area studies"

Key-words: Socio-ecological history, livelihood structures, development, natural resources conservation, indigenous knowledge

North-Eastern Africa has diverse nature, culture and society making its atmosphere distinct from other parts of Africa. Ethiopia Field Station aims at identifying the livelihood structure of people living under this particular environment by means of area studies jointly conducted with local researchers and residents.

Taking the cases of Ethiopia who experienced three different political systems in past half-century as our central focus, Ethiopia Field Station studies to clarify actual living activity of people involve in locally developed technologies, resource utilization and conservation, and "development" phenomenon and its transformation, simultaneously looking at socio-ecological history; thereby, contributing to building the multidimensional symbiotic society of 21st century.

Leader : SHIGETA Masayoshi
Co-workers : OHTA Itaru, ITANI Juichi
Counterparts : Institute of Ethiopian Studies & Faculty of Social Sciences, Addis Abeba University

Workshop held in Addis Abeba
21st Century COE Program (ASAFAS-CSEAS) Workshop took place in Addis Ababa from October 20, 2003 to October 30.