Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change
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Change in land use can negatively affect the potential use of an area and ultimately lead to soil and vegetation degradation
that have an impact for loss of agricultural productivity. Hence, this study was conducted to examine land use change,
its drivers and impacts in agricultural productivity in Gilgel Gibe sub catchment of Ethiopia. The impacts of land use change
were investigated through socio-economic survey that involved 90 household interviews, key informants and 3 Focus Group
Discussion. The result of socio-economic data analysis (the focus group participants and 96% of the sampled households)
reported that agriculture, both crop and livestock productivity is declining. Clearance of vegetation has had an impact on the
decline of agricultural productivity through soil fertility decline by the removal of vegetation cover and soil erosion. Among
many factors, the major production constraints was directly associated mainly with land use change. Among others, the major
reasons for the decline in vegetation cover include expansion of cropland, firewood collection for domestic consumption.
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