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Food Security Condition of Smallholding Farmers in Kilte Awelalo, Ethiopia

  1. Department of Social Work, Assam University Silchar, Assam 788011, India
  2. Department of Political Science, Assam University Silchar, Assam 788011, India
Version 1 : Received: 28 October 2016 / Approved: 31 October 2016 / Online: 31 October 2016 (07:59:32 CET)

How to cite: Tamerat, T.; Borah, D. Food Security Condition of Smallholding Farmers in Kilte Awelalo, Ethiopia. Preprints 2016, 2016100136 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201610.0136.v1). Tamerat, T.; Borah, D. Food Security Condition of Smallholding Farmers in Kilte Awelalo, Ethiopia. Preprints 2016, 2016100136 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201610.0136.v1).

Abstract

Food is one of the basic necessities for all living things in this globe to grow, maintain life and develop. It is a source of energy for almost all bodily functions and it directly affects our health status and how we feel each day and the future. Yet, there are millions of people around the globe who do not have the sumptuousness to provide enough food to themselves and their beloved ones. Ethiopia is one of the highly food insecure countries in the world, it's name has been illustrious for famine and drought for decades. The study's main aim is to assess the livelihood resources and strategies of the smallholding farmers in their strive to achieve food security at household level. For this particular study, from Tigray region, Kilte Awelalo was taken as a study area and three Tabias were selected; Ayenalem, Genfel and Tahetay Adikesanded. The total sample number of households from these three Tabias was 370 and a formal interview schedule was employed to collect relevant primary inputs for the study. The study found that farmland holding size and its fertility as major impacting factors behind the livelihood strategies and food security condition of the smallholding farmers. It was also found that about one third of the total sample population were chronically food insecure, whereas about half of the population were transitory food insecure and rest very little number of households were food secure.

Subject Areas

food security, rural livelihoods

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