A Historical Overview of Khat Production in Ethiopia
Social Sciences
Volume 9, Issue 2, April 2020, Pages: 49-55
Received: Oct. 8, 2019; Accepted: Feb. 27, 2020; Published: Mar. 23, 2020
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Medhanit Tamirat, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Management, Wolaytta Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia
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This paper tries to study the history of Khat production and expansion in Ethiopia. Khat has been consumed in Ethiopia for long period of time. Some sources moreover, mention Ethiopia as the origin of Khat production and the country that takes the lion share of Khat export to the rest of the world currently. The above mentioned notion has triggered the researcher to look at the history of this herbal and its production, consumption and contemporary use in Ethiopia. Different qualitative data collection techniques have been employed to get in to the bottom of the abovementioned topic. Here the researcher has conducted interview with elders who are believed to narrate the history of Khat, farmers who primary production has been Khat and consumers who use to consume Khat for long period of time. Moreover, secondary source of data like books, articles and term papers are also used to grasp the necessary information. After extensive data collection scheme and analysis, the researcher has reached into a conclusion that ancient Ethiopian rulers have been presented Khat as a gift for leaders of the south Arabia and this led the researcher to conclude that Ethiopia is one of the origin places of Khat if not the only country. Ethiopia is still the biggest Khat producing country with immense varieties that are mentioned inside this paper. Ethiopia could also be mentioned as the country where Khat is consumed immensely.
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Khat, Khat Production, Khat Consumption and Khat Varieties
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Medhanit Tamirat, A Historical Overview of Khat Production in Ethiopia, Social Sciences. Vol. 9, No. 2, 2020, pp. 49-55. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20200902.12
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