| Measuring drought and drought impacts in Red Sea Province |
|4. Drought, the market, and the impact of food aid in Red Sea Province, 1980 to 1989. Roy Cole|
The key to understanding food stress in Red Sea Province is not the price of cereals alone but the price of cereals in relation to other commodities that may be exchanged for cereals. Under ideal circumstances we would have to take into account the change in value of wage labour, sharecropping arrangements, charcoal, firewood, and other rural products, handicrafts, and livestock because few people in the rural areas of Red Sea Province herd livestock exclusively as an occupation. Most people have several occupations: cereals cultivation, vegetable cultivation, cotton cultivation, wage labour migration, fuel production, handicrafts, bush food collection, et cetera. Many are involved with the religious establishments of Hamashkoreb and Tumaala, located in southcentral and northcentral Red Sea Province respectively, where nationally and internationally-connected social support mechanisms have developed to cushion food stress. We have only data for livestock value and, consequently, our conclusions must be limited and tentative.
The following figures present prices for goats and sheep by sex and age class at the Derudeb town market and milk prices for the Tokar market.