The agriculturally rich fields of the Omo River valley, including the sorghum farm above, are just south of the Gambella region, where rural Ethiopians are being forced to gather in fewer, larger settlements in a process known as "villigazation." The abandoned land has been sold to foreign agricultural corporations or wealthy Ethiopians.

Photograph by Randy Olson, National Geographic

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 A flood plain is a generally flat area of land next to a river or stream.