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Table 3 Household economic characteristics

From: Assessment of food insecurity and its determinants in the rural households in Damot Gale Woreda, Wolaita zone, southern Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Land size of HH
Less than 0.25 hectare 66 42.6
0.25–0.50 hectare 56 36.1
Half to one hectare 27 17.4
1–2 hectare 6 3.9
Involvement of the HH members in petty trading
Yes 42 27.1
No 113 72.9
Accessibility to main economic factors
0–30 min 33 21.3
30–60 min 47 30.3
Greater than 1 h 75 48.4
Credit by HABP for HH
Yes 60 39
No 95 61
Farm Input use by the HH
Yes 105 67.7
No 50 32.3
Major income source of the HH
Only crop production 6 3.8
Only livestock rearing 4 2.6
Mixed farming 92 59
Trade (wholesale, retail sale…) 7 5
Main source of food for the HH consumption
HH production only 19 12.3
HH production and from market 99 63.9
HH production, from market and PSNP 37 23.9
Experience of borrowing money from informal rural money lenders for food purchase
Yes 85 54.9
No 70 45.1
Confidence to overcome food insecurity
Yes 59 38
No 96 62
  1. Source: Field survey, 2014
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