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Pastoral livelihoods are also very sensitive to the volatility of food prices, as pastoralists usually grow limited amounts of cereals and depend largely on the income produced by livestock sales to purchase grains from the market. High cereal prices thus mean the degradation of the ‘terms of trade’ for pastoral populations. 5 Niger, August 2005. Copyright © Susana Vera. The inability to produce or purchase adequate amounts of food forces families to utilise other strategies to satisfy their nutritional needs.

In order to present a more detailed, contextualised portrait, we restrict our geographical focus to two communities in the south-western Ethiopian region, where Action Against Hunger has worked for several years. The testimonies illustrate vividly that hunger is about much more than simply lacking enough food to fill the stomach; it also can mean illness, debt and grief. Yet within the stories in Chapter 5 there is also great courage. Despite the difficulties that these families face, they strive tirelessly to lead lives AAH 01 text 14 1/8/07 13:11:49 Introduction: A Life Worth Living 15 of dignity, trying in innumerable ways to obtain the things they need and value: food, medicine, clothes, shelter and education.

For example, after finding that the cost of milling grain was the second-highest expense AAH 01 text 28 1/8/07 13:11:51 Inside the Pain of Darfur’s Livelihood War 29 of families in the camps (after food purchase), one Action Against Hunger project distributed milling vouchers to 6,000 families; the vouchers cover half of the milling cost and allow households to spend money on food and other essential needs. Another project provided fuel-efficient cooking stoves and solar cookers to approximately 500 families.

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