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close this bookFamine, Needs-assessment and Survival Strategies in Africa (Oxfam, 1993, 40 p.)
close this folder3 Survival strategies and their 'costs'
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View the document3.1 Eating wild foods
View the document3.2 Going hungry
View the document3.3 Food preparation
View the document3.4 Slavery
View the document3.5 Sale of assets (productive/non-productive) and purchase of food
View the document3.6 Trading
View the document3.7 Labouring
View the document3.8 Household migration
View the document3.9 Consurnption of assets
View the document3.10 Borrowing
View the document3.11 Gifts
View the document3.12 Receiving remittances
View the document3.13 Theft

3.9 Consurnption of assets

This is likely to be a desperate measure arising from advanced famine, or inability to maintain livestock. Households tend to hold on to seeds if at all possible. In Nipepe and Maua districts, Niassa province, Mozambique, production of rice and peanuts was extremely low. Yet people still managed to retain enough seeds for a bumper crop the following year. However, eating seeds has been noted in some areas of Angola.