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Farming and Famine: Landscape Vulnerability in Northeast Ethiopia, 1889–1991 (Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture) (Hardcover)

Farming and Famine: Landscape Vulnerability in Northeast Ethiopia, 1889–1991 (Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture) By Donald Crummey, James McCann (Editor), Donald E. Crummey, James C. McCann (Editor) Cover Image
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In modern times, Ethiopia has suffered three grievous famines, two of which—in 1973–74 and in 1984–85—caught the world's attention. It is often assumed that population increase drove Ethiopia's farmers to overexploit their environment and thus undermine the future of their own livelihoods, part of a larger global process of deforestation. In Farming and Famine, Donald E. Crummey explores and refutes these claims based on his research in Wallo province, an epicenter of both famines.

Crummey draws on photographs comparing identical landscapes in 1937 and 1997 as well as interviews with local farmers, among other sources. He reveals that forestation actually increased due to farmers' tree-planting initiatives. More broadly, he shows that, in the face of growing environmental stress, Ethiopian farmers have innovated and adapted. Yet the threat of famine remains because of constricted access to resources and erratic rainfall. To avoid future famines, Crummey suggests, Ethiopia's farmers must transform agricultural productivity, but they cannot achieve that on their own.

About the Author


Donald E. Crummey (1941–2013) was regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Ethiopian history. His many books include Land and Society in the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia and Land, Literacy, and the State in the History of Sudanic Africa. James C. McCann, the author of numerous books including Deposing the Malevolent Spirit and People of the Plow, used Crummey's notes to bring this book to completion.

Praise For…


"Has relevance extending well beyond the Wallo region itself or even Africa, to the analysis and understanding of famine worldwide. It will stand as a fitting final monument to one of the great scholars in the field." —Christopher Clapham, author of The Horn of Africa


Product Details
ISBN: 9780299316303
ISBN-10: 0299316300
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture
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