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Title:Management of Droughts and Famines in Ethiopia
Author:Belay, Kassa
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:19
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:93-127
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:famine
livelihoods
droughts
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Drought and Desertification
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
famine
food security
Disaster management
Agricultural management
Abstract:This study examines different drought/famine management strategies at household and macro-levels in Ethiopia. The results show that there is no single correct way ahead and there is no ready-made strategy to cope with recurrent droughts and famines. A critical analysis of household coping strategies reveals that not all rural households are equally vulnerable to droughts and famines. The study indicates also that in response to the deteriorating production environment, farmers become more provident and employ a variety of techniques to cushion themselves against contingencies. With regard to the macro-level coping strategies, the findings reveal that efforts which have been made so far were inadequate and in most cases not directed towards the real problems. Moreover, the results of the study show that the macro-level preventive measures have been top-down exercises in futility because they have not paid due attention to the very people who are the causes and victims of environmental degradation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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