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Guba Lafto is one of the 105 woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Semien Wollo Zone, Guba Lafto is bordered on the south by the Debub Wollo Zone, on the west by Dawuntna Delant, on the northwest by Meket, on the north by Gidan, on the northeast by the Logiya River which separates it from Kobo, on the east by the Afar Region, and on the southeast by Habru. Weldiya is an enclave inside this woreda.

Information is not available on the towns of this woreda. Guba Lafto has a mountainous landscape, with its ranging from 1300 to 3900 meters above sea level.[1] Soil erosion is marked by ever-expanding gullies. Increasing population has led to shrinking farm and grazing areas. Declining soil fertility, increased incidence of crop pests and weeds, along with cultural attitudes have made Guba Lafto as one of the food insecure woredas of the Amhara Region.[2] To help combat this, the AMAREW project helped inhabitants of kebeles located in the Lenche Dima watershed to create micro-enterprises to manufacture gabion wire boxes. Produced at a third of the cost they can be purchased at Debre Tabor, these gabions are used to fight gully formation.[3]

Demographics

Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 187,398, of whom 94,491 are men and 92,907 women. With an estimated area of 1,021.46 square kilometers, Guba Lafto has an estimated population density of 183.5 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 105.59.[4]

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 139,151 in 34,716 households, of whom 69,975 were men and 69,176 were women; none of its population were reported to be urban dwellers. The largest ethnic group reported in Guba Lafto was the Amhara (99.92%). Amharic was spoken as a first language by 99.94%. 88.55% of the population practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, and 11.42% of the population said they were Muslim.[5]

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