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Afambo is one of the 29 woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. It is named after Lake Afambo, located at the border of this woreda with Asayita, near the international border with Djibouti. Part of the Administrative Zone 1, Afambo is bordered on the south by the Somali Region, on the west by Dubti, on the north by Asayita, and on the east by Djibouti. Information is lacking on the towns of Afambo.

The average elevation in this woreda is 404 meters above sea level;[1] the highest peak is Mount Dama Ali (1069 meters). The only perennial river is the Awash, which passes through Lake Afambo, and a chain of lakes south and east of it: Laitali, Gummare, Bario, and Lake Abbe. As of 2008, Afambo has 79 kilometers of all-weather gravel road; about 22.33% of the total population has access to drinking water.[2]


Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 16,727, of whom 7,938 are men and 8,789 women. With an estimated area of 332.5 square kilometers, Afambo has an estimated population density of 50.1 people per square kilometer.[3]


A sample enumeration performed by the CSA in 2001 interviewed 894 farmers in this woreda, who held an average of 4.61 hectares of land. Of the 4.125 square kilometers of private land surveyed, 58.71% was under cultivation, 4.44% pasture, 33.92% fallow, and 6.42% was devoted to all other uses. For the land under cultivation in this woreda, 43.95% was planted in cereals like maize and sorghum; the amount of land planted in pulses and vegetables is missing, but 40 hectares was planted in fruit trees, 0.09 hectares in bananas and 0.51 in guavas. The CSA reports that 19.46% of the farmers only grow crops and 81.54% only raise livestock; the returns for those who raise both are missing. Land tenure in this woreda is distributed between 84.78% own their land, 1.13% rent, and the remaining 13.75% are held under other forms.[4]


  1. ^ Hailu Ejara Kene, Baseline Survey of 55 Weredas of PCDP Phase II, Part I (Addis Ababa: August 2008), Annex 1 (accessed 23 March 2009)
  2. ^ Hailu Ejara Kene, Baseline Survey, Annexes 16, 17
  3. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics, Table B.3. Rural population numbers are believed to be underreported for this woreda.
  4. ^ "Central Statistical Authority of Ethiopia. Agricultural Sample Survey (AgSE2001). Report on Area and Production - Afar Region. Version 1.1 - December 2007" (accessed 26 January 2009)



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