|Famine, Needs-assessment and Survival Strategies in Africa (Oxfam, 1993, 40 p.)|
|3 Survival strategies and their 'costs'|
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.