Growing Healthy Families: Household Production, Food Security, and Well-Being in South Wollo, Ethiopia

Anne M. Cafer, Mary S. Willis, Shimelis Beyene, Martha Mamo

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Although many studies have focused on the socio-economic and nutritional status of Ethiopians, few have incorporated anthropometric measurements and structured questionnaires to explore the links between agriculture, development, and nutrition. Additionally, the research design included interviews with development agents, university faculty and staff, and community leaders from the Ethiopian highlands. A survey of 120 households in three districts of Ethiopia's famine belt revealed that a majority of households suffer from severe malnutrition. Anthropometric measures demonstrated that wasting and stunting rates are high. Furthermore, water usage, particularly irrigation and access to farmland, plays a significant role in crop diversity, food security, and household nutritional status. Interviews with farmers suggest there is a critical need for agricultural extension, with an emphasis on addressing gender-related issues, and research as it relates to crop and water management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-73
Number of pages11
JournalCulture, Agriculture, Food and Environment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Agriculture
  • Drought
  • Ethiopia
  • Food security
  • Irrigation
  • Khat
  • Nutrition
  • Rural
  • Tef

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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