Land Used For Agruiculture 2012
The 2011-2012 survey indicates that 98% of respondents have access to land in general, an average of 1.3 hectares, or Ha, however only 85% of them used it for agricultural purposes in the past twelve months.
The most widely reported occupation among surveyed adults between 15 and 64 years is agriculture, including farming, livestock rearing, animal husbandry and fishing. In total, 34% of respondents name dry agriculture or fishing as their primary occupation; among this cohort, men constitute the majority (73%), while only 27% of women list dry agriculture or fishing as their primary occupation.
Sustainability of the agricultural system is paramount, as it ensures overall environmental security and contributes to the economic viability, overall public health and food security of the population in the region. Millennium Development Goal 1 sets the target to reduce levels of extreme poverty and hunger by one half by 2015. With low yield rates and high household rates of agricultural occupations, the agriculture sector is linked directly with the success of reducing hunger and malnutrition in the region.
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