Pictures of food insecurity in Amhara region

Tadesse Negash Reta


The physical access to food in Africa south to Sahara is complicated due to weak and inappropriate infrastructures. Poor roads, ports, communication, food storage facilities and other installations are among factors that facilitate the functioning of markets, particularly in rural areas… steady progress has been recorded in the reduction of the number of people without access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and electricity over the past 20 years. This article assessed the overall picture of food insecurity in Amhara region in line with the three pillars (access, availability and utilization). Cross sectional research, design was applied. Primary and secondary data sources were employed. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis approaches were employed. The study found out that the average degree of vulnerability in the study area (Amhara Region) is about 52.3%. With this, of the current food insecure households, about 84% are chronically food insecure or likely to remain insecure in the future (vulnerable) whereas the remaining are not vulnerable to future food insecurity. On the other hand, about 20.8% of the current food secure households are vulnerable to food insecurity (likely to be food insecure in the future) in the Amhara region).
Key words: vulnerability, Insecurity, Availability

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ISSN : 2251-1571