Ato Mohammed, 55 and illiterate, lives in the Bati district of South Wollo Zone (Ethiopia) and heads a household of nine. He has been chronically food insecure for more than ten years, when he lost his single ox because of drought. He sold the animal to buy food at the time and has not been able to acquire another. Currently, Mohammed holds one hectare of farmland and has no grazing land. Since he owns no oxen, he has been leasing out his land for share-cropping on a 50/50 sharing arrangement. Mohammed and his family members are engaged in various types of daily labour activities for cash and food, and the household is a regular recipient of food aid.
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Carter, M.R., Little, P.D., Mogues, T., Negatu, W. (2008). Poverty Traps and Natural Disasters in Ethiopia and Honduras. In: Barrientos, A., Hulme, D. (eds) Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest. Palgrave Studies in Development. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-0-230-58309-2_5
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