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Advances in Agriculture
Volume 2015, Article ID 617373, 8 pages
Research Article

Staying or Leaving? Analyzing the Rationality of Rural-Urban Migration Associated with Farm Income of Staying Households: A Case Study from Southern Ethiopia

Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Bahir Dar University, P.O. Box 2289, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Received 28 September 2014; Accepted 16 December 2014

Academic Editor: Tibor Janda

Copyright © 2015 Beneberu Assefa Wondimagegnhu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The research aims at analyzing the effect of rural-urban migration and remittances on farm income of rural households supported by a case study conducted in Southern Ethiopia. Using two-step estimations to measure the effect of outmigration, migrant sending families have gained higher farm income. In this regard, rural outmigration has been found to be a survival and income diversification strategy in the study area.