Agew Awi Zone

Agew Awi Zone

Agew Awi is one of 10 Zones in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Agew Awi is named for the Awi sub-group of the Agaw people, some of whom live in this Zone.

Agew Awi is bordered on the south by the Oromia Region, on the west by Benishangul-Gumuz Region, on the north-west by Semien Gondar Zone and on the north and east by Misraq Gojjam. The administrative center of Agew Awi is Injibara; other towns include Chagni, and Dangila.


Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this zone has an estimated total population of 990,918, of whom 491,158 were males and 499,760 were females; 113,054 or 11.4% of its population are urban dwellers. With an estimated area of 6,364.26 square kilometers, Agew Awi has an estimated population density of 155.70 people per square kilometer.

According to a May 24, 2004 World Bank memorandum, 6% of the inhabitants of Agew Awi have access to electricity, this zone has a road density of 39.6 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers (compared to the national average of 30 kilometers), the average rural household has 1.2 hectare of land (compared to the national average of 1.01 hectare of land and an average of 0.75 for the Amhara Region) and the equivalent of 0.5 heads of livestock. 13.6% of the population is in non-farm related jobs, compared to the national average of 25% and a Regional average of 21%. 72% of all eligible children are enrolled in primary school, and 16% in secondary schools. 54% of the zone is exposed to malaria, and 76% to Tsetse fly. The memorandum gave this zone a drought risk rating of 420.



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