Sorghum is a tough plant that tolerates hot, dry climates. Its fist-sized head is a common sight in the Ethiopian Highlands, in good years.

One of the many injustices of the food system is that some parts of the country can produce surpluses - but don't. The problems are:

  • In good times, crop prices are low so there is little incentive to grow more.
  • In bad times, there is no surplus, so food aid is needed.
  • The poor road network hinders movement of produce.

Possible solutions include:

  • In good times, subsidised higher prices stimulate a surplus, which is stored.
  • In bad times, the subsidiser recoups costs by selling stored harvests at an appropriate price; reliance on food aid is reduced.
  • Improved roads encourage movement of produce.


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