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HIV/AIDS Issues

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This is what happens when HIV/AIDS strikes a household in Africa

  • Illness and/or death of one or more household members

  • Change in the size and composition of households

  • Children orphaned by the epidemic

  • Addition of adult relative to assist with farm production, housework and/or child care

  • Temporary migration for wage work

  • Change in the household dependency ratio

  • Withdrawal of children from school to work on or off the farm for wages

  • Intra-household reallocation of labor

  • Decrease in area cultivated (increased fallow)

  • Decline in crop variety

  • Change in cropping patterns and/or animal production to less labor-intensive practices

  • Declining yields

  • Lengthening of the working day

  • Sex work on a casual or commercial basis

  • Loss of agricultural knowledge, practices and skills

  • Change in access to human resources

  • Reductions in income from farm and off-farm sources

  • Liquidation of savings accounts

  • Seeking remittances from family

  • Change in degree of reliance on off-farm income among male,
    orphan and female-headed households

  • Change in wage earning among female-headed households

  • Change in income-generating activities among female-headed households (Topouzis 2000)

  • Sale of stores of value (jewelry, household goods)

  • Borrowing from informal sector (relatives, friends, neighbors, rural coops, rotating and savings club associations)

  • Borrowing from rural traders or money lenders

  • Pledging of future crops

  • Exhaustion of credit resources

  • Sale of livestock

This scenario in Africa is happening today; tomorrow, it could be happening in your community.

 

 

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