The Konso settled in rocky hills that are highly exposed to soil erosion. To address this problem, they make terrace the length of one meter and above. The tradition of making has a long history among the Konso. They construct the terrace by using a hand-digging tool known locally as sibelota. A person may possess many terraces depending on the type of land he owns. The open area between two terraces is used for farming. Besides protecting the soil from erosion, the terraces help conserve water and increase agricultural productivity.
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