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Table 2 Description of dependent and explanatory variables

From: Rethink the interlink between land degradation and livelihood of rural communities in Chilga district, Northwest Ethiopia

Variables specified in the model Variable’s definition EDI (±)
INCM (income of household) INCM was assigned a value of “1”, if a household head has goodincome for his/her livelihood and “0” if not.  
X1 = GEN (gender of a household head) GEN was assigned a value of “1”, if a household head is male and “0” otherwise. +
X2 = AGE (age of a household head) AGE was given in years. Age is considered to be important since a person may increase his/her perception (e.g., knowledge of land degradation) as he/she gets older. A value of “1” was given if the age of the household head was > 30 years, and a value of “0” was given if the age of the household head was ≤ 30 years. +
X3 = EDUCL (education Level of a household head) EDUCL was measured using the attainment of grade levels by the respondent. Education helps to raise perception level about income diversification for livelihood. A value of “1” was given if the educational status of the household head was primary school (grades 1–8) completed and “0” uneducated +
X4 = MRS (marital status of household head) MRS was marital status of the household head. A value of “1” was given if a household head was legally married and “0” otherwise. +
X5 = FMS (family size) FMS measures the number of members of a family under one roof. A value of “1” was given if the family size is > 5 and “0” if the family size is ≤ 5
X6 = LHS (landholding size of household head) LHS measures the landholding size of the household head. An average landholding size is expected to be 0.5 ha. A value of “1” was given if a household head owns > 0.5 ha and “0” if the household head owns ≤ 0.5 ha. +