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Table 7 Factors that affect the resilience of households and communities in the face of flooding in the study villages

From: Livelihood resilience in the face of recurring floods: an empirical evidence from Northwest Ethiopia

Factors Relatively resilient households Households with Medium resilience Households with poor resilience / more vulnerable households
Time to recover from the impacts of major floods 2- 3 months 6 months More than 6 months
Size of farmland 8-10 kada (2.0-2.5 ha) 4-8 kada (1.0- 2 ha) Less than 4 kada (1.0 ha) but mostly landless
Livestock holding - Minimum 4 farm oxen - 2 cows
- 2 donkeys & 1 or 2 mules
- minimum 2 farm oxen
- 1 or 2 cows
- 1 donkey
- 1 farm oxen or none
- no cows
- no pack animals
Exposure to flooding Farm plots and homesteads located far from river banks Farm plots and homesteads located far from river banks Farm plots and homesteads located near the river banks or on the way where major rivers usually break their banks
Availability of social capital Have relatives in other districts or villages and are able to send their cattle to these places before the coming to the rainy season on regular basis. occasionally draw some help from relatives in other villages in the form of seeds or food grains at times of flooding Largely depend on relief grains at times of severe floods or resort to taking loans from other households
  1. Source: FGDs and key informant interviews (April 2015)