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:
good times, crop prices are low so there is little incentive to grow
- In bad times,
there is no surplus, so food aid is needed.
- The poor road
network hinders movement of produce.
In good times, subsidised higher prices stimulate a surplus,
which is stored.
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.