Peasant Survival Strategies in Ethiopia1
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 326–344, December 1988
How to Cite
RAHMATO, D. (1988), Peasant Survival Strategies in Ethiopia. Disasters, 12: 326–344. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7717.1988.tb00686.x
- Issue published online: 18 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
This paper focuses on peasant farmers in Ethiopia, and their behaviour as serious famine sets in. In many of the last seventeen years the crop yields on rain-fed plots in drought-prone areas have failed to meet the requirements of the peasant farmers and their families. Significant numbers have received food aid either at distribution points or in the shelters which developed in 1973 and 1984. Seeking food relief from external sources, however, is the last resort of peasants who have managed their dwindling resources for months, if not years, in order to survive.